Thomas Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Extractions

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If you are considering our Hermitage dental office for your family's dental care, we want you to feel confident and informed.

Choosing a dentist is a big decision, and having questions is completely natural.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. Please feel free to read them below. If you do not see yours listed, just give us a call or email us from our Contact Us Page.


Dental Anesthesia | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family Dentistry Most dental local anesthetics will wear off within a couple of hours. Generally, anesthesia will last one hour on the top and up to four hours on the bottom. If you must eat before your anesthesia wears off, choose something soft, avoid hot beverages and try to chew on the opposite side you had work done on!

If you're currently experiencing dental pain and have a waiting period until your next appointment, try this over the counter combination for relief- this cocktail has taken the place of opiods with great success and we're confident it will for you, too!

Alternate Every 3 Hours:

500-1,000mg Acetaminophen (extra strength Tylenol)

400mg Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)      

***Do not exceed limit of 6 Acetaminophen in 24 hours (3,000mg max)***


Researchers say this combination cocktail works better than prescribed opioids and are less likely to cause side effects. At Thomas Family Dentistry, we believe prescribed pain killers should be a last resort, and now with this OTC combination, we can reduce the frequency of opioid prescriptions without leaving our patients in pain!

Give this OTC cocktail combo a try, and we are confident that it will relieve your dental pain. 

Daily Max limit for ibuprofen- 3,200 mg per day

Daily max limit for acetaminophen- 3,000 mg per day

It is common to question whether third molars “wisdom teeth” need to be extracted. In many cases the wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean or do not fully erupt. This can result in infection or can cause a cyst that can damage other teeth roots or bone support. Wisdom teeth can crowd nearby teeth. If wisdom teeth do not have enough room to come in properly, they may crowd or damage neighboring teeth.

Many times, wisdom teeth do not have room to grow properly and can cause pain or problems. Erupting wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally.

At Thomas Family Dentistry we recommend having an exam and x rays if you are experiencing the following:

  • Pain
  • Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
  • Fluid-filled sacs (cysts)
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive tooth decay

Reasons wisdom teeth may not need to be removed:

  • Healthy
  • Grown in completely (fully erupted)
  • Positioned correctly and biting properly
  • Able to be cleaned

Call our office at (724)347-2722, if you have any questions or concerns in regards to your wisdom teeth!

Toioth Extraction | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryAftereffects of a Tooth Extraction

There may be some tenderness at the extraction site. You may have some mild bruising and swelling. Sometimes the jaw can be sore from being open for an extended period.

There will be some minor bleeding for 24 - 48 hours. If you have continued HEAVY bleeding, notify the doctor immediately. Swelling can be alleviated with an ice pack or cold towel placed on your face next to the site.

Aftercare for a Tooth Extraction

For several days after the procedure, you will want to avoid drinking through a straw, drinking soda pop, smoking, spitting, or rinsing with mouthwash. Avoid anything that would be creating a suction in your mouth. Do swish lightly with warm salt water three times a day to help the healing process.

For two or three days after your surgery, it is recommended that you avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercising.
A soft diet is recommended for your comfort and to protect the surgical site. Drink plenty of liquids and eat foods high in protein, minerals, and vitamins to support post-operative healing.

Sutures May Be Needed

Sometimes sutures are placed in the proper position for ideal healing. These stitches usually dissolve on their own. You will be asked not to disturb the sutures with your tongue, toothbrush or in any other manner. You may need to return to the office to have a post-operative check up to see how your progressing.

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is very important, as is and brushing all areas of your mouth except for the immediate surgery site. Avoid using an ultrasonic or electric toothbrush for 1-2 weeks after surgery. A clean mouth heals better!

Contact Us With Your Concern

Some minor pain, bleeding, and swelling are all ordinary events after surgery. If complications or concerns arise during healing, we would ask that you contact the office.

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