If you are facing tooth extraction, the team at Mint Dental Care is empathetic to your feelings. Please rest assured that if we find that removing a tooth is the safest and healthiest option, we will provide a pain-free, stress-free procedure.
When We Recommend Removing a Tooth
Before we plan your procedure, Dr. Hayder examines and takes x-rays of the affected tooth. As he does, he shares the information with you, so you understand why he recommends extraction and how it will benefit your long-term oral health.
Some common situations where we recommend extraction are:
- A tooth is too decayed to save with a filling
- A tooth is broken in a way that we can’t restore it
- An infected or abscessed tooth can’t be saved with a root canal
- A wisdom tooth is impacted or crowding surrounding teeth
- A tooth needs to be removed to prepare for implants or dentures
Comfortable, Stress-Free Tooth Extraction
We want you to have a stress-free experience at Mint Dental Care (formerly Dental Pros of Tampa), so we focus on patient comfort. Our team takes time to develop caring relationships to understand your needs and prove that you can trust us always to do the right thing.
A caring dental team who takes your concerns to heart is just one way we improve an experience like tooth extraction. Another is by using very strong local anesthetics that numb your mouth so you won’t feel any pain.
We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation, along with comfortable neck pillows, cozy blankets, and TVs in our treatment rooms.
What to Expect after Dental Extraction
Our dentist in Odessa recommends that you take off the rest of the day after your procedure. Your body needs time to rest and heal, and if you have oral sedation, you will need to stay home for your safety.
After your procedure, we place a gauze pad on the extraction site. Bite down on it for about an hour and replace it with a fresh one if necessary to control bleeding.
Post-Extraction Care Instructions
After extraction, a healing clot starts to form over the site, and it’s crucial not to disturb it. A very painful complication called dry socket can develop if the clot comes loose after healing begins.
To avoid dry socket, please follow these instructions:
- Don’t spit or use a straw, as both can loosen the clot.
- Don’t smoke for at least a week afterward, as it can dislodge the clot and slow the healing process.
- Brush your teeth after 24 hours, but avoid the extraction site.
- Avoid sports or strenuous activity for the first five days.
- Plan a soft diet of foods like yogurt, pudding, or smoothies for the first several days.
Please take any pain medication or antibiotics prescribed by Dr. Hayder. A cold compress on and off your face for 20-minute intervals will help relieve pain and control swelling.
Please don’t ignore anything unusual that you experience during the healing process. Contact us immediately if you experience severe pain days after the extraction or if swelling increases.
Do You Need Dental Extraction?
If you are concerned about a painful tooth or think you might need an emergency tooth extraction, please call our Odessa, FL dental office at (813) 920-6608, so we can help you.
We are pleased to provide quality dentistry to patients in Tampa, Odessa, Greater Northdale, Keystone, Westchase, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Cheval, Lutz, and surrounding communities.