Guide to Tooth Extraction and Recovery

Aug 27, 2018

The tooth is an important sensory organ in the human body that aids with sensing as well as digesting the food that you eat. Although a tooth is considered to be the hardest part of the human body, it can still be infected. This infection could eventually result in tooth extraction. Following is a simple and easy guide for the extraction of the tooth and its recovery.

The Basics of Tooth Extraction

The extraction of a tooth is quite straightforward. The dentist begins by giving a local anesthetic to the patient. This will numb the area of removal. Moving on, the dentist will hold the tooth using a pair of forceps and gently move the tooth side by side. This is done to loosen the tooth for extraction. However, if the tooth does not budge, it is possible that the dentist will have to remove the tooth in pieces.

Once the tooth has been extracted, it is likely that a blood clot will develop at the site of removal. In order to stop the bleeding, the dentist will pack the socket with a gauze pad and ask you to bite on it. In some cases, this may not stop the bleeding, and the dentist will have to place self-dissolving stitches to close the edges of the gum.


The patient should expect a few days of recovery.

  • Apply ice cubes at the site of removal in order to reduce swelling.
  • Gently bite on the gauze to prevent bleeding.
  • Do not remove or move the gauze pad unless the dentist asks you to do so.
  • If the pain does not subside, ask your dentist for painkillers.
  • Enjoy soft foods like jello, yogurt, and soup during the recovery time.

If you have any more questions regarding tooth extraction and recovery, please give us a call today.