Emergency Tooth Extractions El Paso TX
Are tooth extractions an emergency?
Not every tooth extraction is an emergency, but there may be negative consequences if you miss the window for having a tooth removed in an emergency situation. If you have a small chip or crack in a tooth but no pain or other symptoms, you can probably wait and call when the office is open.
How do I know if I need my tooth removed immediately?
An emergency extraction is needed if it is absolutely essential to remove the tooth within 24-48 hours. Situations that call for an emergency tooth extraction include:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Severe pain with swelling
- Large cracks or breaks
- Oral trauma from an accident, fall, or sports injury
- Loose teeth
- Excessive bleeding, fluid, or pus in the mouth
If you aren’t sure whether you need an emergency tooth extraction, call our office and talk to one of our staff. They can determine how urgent it is and will fit you in the same day or the next day if it is an emergency. If you have severe pain after hours or on the weekend, call 915-504-6880. Someone will evaluate your situation and arrange for appropriate care.
Can I have my tooth extracted the same day?
We consider the condition of the tooth and whether you want the extraction performed under IV sedation or local dental anesthesia. If it is an emergency, we may be able to remove it the same day or the next day at the latest. However, we will evaluate your damaged tooth and decide at your appointment. Insurance coverage may also be a factor, so bring your insurance card when you come to the office.
Some extractions are relatively simple and can be performed without an incision. However, in the case of trauma, an impacted tooth, or splintering of the tooth, surgery may be needed to make sure the entire tooth is removed and no pieces are left behind.
Healing After a Tooth Extraction
A blood clot forms over the empty socket when a broken tooth is extracted. This stops excessive bleeding and encourages healing. You are instructed to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the tooth extraction. You may have to repeat this with fresh gauze a few times before the bleeding stops. Once the clot is formed, do not dislodge the clot.
You’ll want to avoid a few things for the first 72 hours, including:
- Sucking on a straw
- Drinking alcohol
- Brushing teeth next to the empty tooth socket
- Probing the socket with your tongue
Do not rinse your mouth until the next day, using warm salt water and swishing gently to avoid disrupting the clot. Also, avoid vigorous exercise or activities for the first 24 hours after the extraction. Your emergency dentist will give you detailed instructions for home care while you recover.
You may experience some pain and swelling, but this will subside within 48 hours. Over-the-counter medications can minimize any discomfort. An ice pack or unopened pack of frozen vegetables can reduce the swelling. If OTC medication doesn’t work, contact our office. Drink lots of liquids and eat soft foods the first day. We may prescribe antibiotics, which you should take until gone, even if you feel fine.
Be sure you brush and floss regularly after the first 24 hours. Your tooth extraction will heal more quickly, and brushing and flossing will keep your mouth clean and fresh while you heal. You can return to eating normally after 24 hours if you feel up to it but try to avoid crunchy foods or seeds that could get caught in the empty socket.
If you have severe pain or bleeding after two or three days, call our office immediately at 915-504-6880.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
After a tooth extraction, you may want a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. Typically, the area needs to heal for several weeks or months before an implant can be placed. Factors that affect how soon you can get a missing tooth replaced include the condition of the jawbone, your overall health, and the type of implant used. On occasion, a same-day implant may be possible, but your doctor will determine this after performing the extraction. The crown for the top of the implant is installed by your regular dentist.
If you feel you need an emergency tooth extraction, call 915-504-6880 for an immediate phone consultation. At High Desert Oral & Facial Surgery, our goal is your comfort and complete oral health.