Oral surgery / tooth extraction

Why teeth are removed?

There are lots of reasons why you might need to have a tooth removed. For example, if you have:

What is a Simple Extraction?

A simple extraction is a removal of a tooth without the need to cut into the gum. The most common reasons for tooth extraction are removing seriously damaged teeth because of tooth decay, severe infection, a fractured or broken tooth, severe gum disease, dental crowding and in case of preparing for a denture between others.

What is a Surgical Extraction?

Surgical dental extraction involves the removal of teeth that are not easily accessible inside the mouth. This may be because they have not erupted through the gum completely or they have been fractured under the gum line. In this case requires an incision into the gum to get to the tooth. This type of extraction is necessary if your tooth has broken below the gumline or if it is multiple pieces and some are stuck beneath the gums. A surgical extraction is also necessary for impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or completely covered by gum tissue.

Given the more complex nature of surgical dental extractions and the pain that is associated with the procedure, it is typically carried out under general anesthetic by an oral surgeon in a dental hospital setting.

Tooth Extractions Homecare Instructions

After your tooth extraction procedure, the experienced dentists at Andina Health recommend some tooth extraction aftercare tips on the day of your surgery to aid the healing process:

Additional homecare instructions

to recover sooner and avoid tooth extraction complications:


Following your tooth extraction, a blood clot will naturally form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30–45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to repeat several times.

Be sure not to dislodge the clot and limit vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours after tooth extractions. This will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding, as well as dissolve the clot and slow the healing process. Please call Now Care Dental if you have continued excessive bleeding (your mouth fills quickly with blood).

Swelling / pain

If you’ve had a tooth pulled, you may experience some swelling and pain. This is a perfectly normal part of the recovery and healing process. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Also important care after a tooth extraction is taking your pain medications as directed by your dentist. This will help prevent a tooth extraction infection. Continue to take any prescribed antibiotics for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Do not take any medication if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. If medications aren’t controlling your tooth extraction pain, please call Now Care Dental.


On the day of your tooth extraction, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable, unless otherwise directed.

Oral hygiene

With teeth extractions, keeping your mouth clean is essential to the healing process. So it’s important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. Not only will this speed the tooth extraction healing, but help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Experiencing post tooth extraction issues?

If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2–3 days, or a reaction to the medication after tooth extraction surgery, please contact our office immediately at (703-223-2440)— Clinic operation hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday- Friday. If you have an emergency after hours please see the ER nearest facility.

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