Tooth Extraction

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Tooth extractions may become necessary for various reasons, including decay, infection, fractures extending below the gumline, fractured roots, or teeth with failed root canals. While many dentists may refer you to an oral surgeon for extractions, at East Peak Dental in South Lake Tahoe, we are fully equipped to handle most necessary tooth extractions. While we prioritize regular check-ups to prevent tooth loss, there are cases where extraction becomes the only viable option.

The recovery period following a tooth extraction can vary from person to person, but it is generally advised to take it easy for a few days and avoid strenuous activities. Some discomfort may be experienced for a day or two, but symptoms should gradually improve. Maintaining a clean extraction site and preventing food particles from entering are essential to prevent infection. Here are some common recommendations to follow after a tooth extraction:

  • Apply moderate pressure with gauze for 15-30 minutes immediately after the extraction. Replace the gauze with a fresh piece when it becomes saturated.
  • For the first 3 days, avoid using straws, spitting, or any actions that create positive pressure inside your mouth.
  • On the day of the tooth extraction, opt for cold, soft foods and avoid hot, hard, crunchy, or sticky foods.
  • Refrain from using alcohol-based mouthwashes for 1 week. Instead, you can use a saltwater rinse after 3 days (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of water).
  • Continue to brush and floss the neighboring teeth as you normally would.
  • If a bone graft was performed, avoid vigorous rinsing for the first 3 days after the procedure.
  • In case sutures were placed, refrain from pushing them with your tongue or tugging on them in any way.
  • Should you notice significant swelling, escalating pain, severe pain within a few days after the procedure, or pus discharge from the area weeks later, please contact our office for further assistance.