Extractions are used to remove teeth that may cause problems in the mouth (primary teeth, wisdom teeth and infected teeth). After the removal of a tooth, you will need refrain from any form of exercise for a few days. You can expect the extraction site to bleed for a few hours after the procedure. Gelfoam and doxycycline will be placed in the extraction site in order to fill the hole left by the tooth and kill bacteria. This helps the gum heal faster and stop food from being trapped in the extraction site. Following the extraction, gauze will be applied to the area where the tooth was removed. You will need to change the gauze every hour until the extraction site has clotted. After the extraction, it is suggested that you eat soft foods and avoid rinsing often. Dr. Ken advises his patients not to use a straw when drinking liquids because it could cause reverse suction and slow the healing of the extraction site. In addition, Dr. Ken often prescribes Peridex, an oral rinse that reduces bacteria, following an extraction. To learn more about extractions, please call (203) 924-4731 or visit our Contact Us page for more information.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can often cause problems as they erupt. These teeth may be impacted, which means that they are erupting at an angle that is not perpendicular to the gum line. This can often cause pain to the gum and surrounding teeth. Dr. Ken often removes wisdom teeth to alleviate or avoid this pain.