Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

What Adults Need to Know About Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

While no adult wants to lose a tooth, there are times when extraction is the best or only option. Damage or problems like infection, periodontal disease, or just simple overcrowding are typical causes. Here’s what you need to know before and after a tooth extraction.

Before tooth extraction:  Let your dentist know about any medications, supplements, or medical conditions that put you at a high risk of infection, such as:

  • Impaired immune system
  • History of bacterial endocarditis
  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Artificial joint, such as hip or knee replacement

After tooth extraction:  The tooth socket will be packed with gauze, and you’ll be asked to bite down to lessen the bleeding. A few self-dissolving stitches may be used to close the site.

Once you get home, follow these dental care guidelines:

  • Take it easy for at least 24 hours
  • Continue to bite down on the gauze pad for at least three hours to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form. Replace soaked gauze as needed.
  • Apply ice immediately after extraction and at 10-minute intervals.
  • Take painkillers as directed.
  • Don’t rinse, spit forcibly or drink from a straw for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt mixed into 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Stick to soft foods like soups, yogurt, and applesauce. Gradually add solid foods as the extraction site heals.
  • Avoid lying flat. Prop your head on pillows to lessen the bleeding.
  • When brushing and flossing your other teeth, avoid the extraction site.

A certain amount of pain, swelling, and bleeding are normal after a tooth extraction, but notify your dentist in St. Clair Shores if you experience:

  • Severe pain, swelling, or bleeding after the first four hours
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever, chills, or other signs of infection
  • Redness, swelling, or excessive discharge from the extraction site
  • Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain

Typically, the tooth extraction site will heal in one to two weeks. After that, you can resume your normal dental care routine.

To learn more about tooth extractions from an affordable dentist in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores. 

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
It was fast I didn’t have to wait service was great
Gerald L.
Dr. Ascano is very caring and personable. He really makes a point to get to know his patients. The staff at Gentle Dental are VERY helpful too!
Satyra J.
Overall great staff, dentists, and experience
Nicole C.
I was so afraid to have my teeth pulled much less three teeth but the whole time she did it she was saying words like beautiful great it helps so much she did a fantastic job and I’m glad […]
Bridget A.
I went I went in for my appointment and they said to me I had three teeth that needed to be pulled I sort of freaked out for a minute and then when she started she explained to me that the needle was […]
Bridget A.
Such an amazing staff all around. Kathy, Dr. Ascano and Dr. Duan are all so knowledgeable and kind. They made me feel so comfortable even though I was a pain to them and have a crazy fear of the […]
Allissa B.
I love Them!!! They are family oriented, respectful, flexible and do a great job!!!!
Jacquelyn S.
Very friendly, helped me relax, and talked to me about what I needed to do better.
John P.
The dentist and staff are great, very friendly people who love what they do. I never feel pain and I’m happy with the outcome everytime.
Ronesha W.
I received excellent service!
Christine Y.
Office staff is top notch. Always pleasant, cheerful, helpful. My kids love Dr Ascano. Makes having dental work an easy going experience. Would highly recommend & have​recommended.
Chris R.
Amazing costumer service and an awesome team.
Angelo R.
It took me over 20years to get to the dentist. If I would have known Dr. Ascano was out there I would have gone sooner. From the very first visit he took all my fears away and made me feel […]
Sandra M.
This was my first time visiting this Dental office. The staff and Dr. Was great. Dr. Ray was awesome with explaining what was going on with my teeth and why I was having the pain. Ms. Donna was the […]
Jonay B.
The people who work here are kind and enjoyable. Give them your business. You will have a great experience.
Ryan T.
I have been coming to this office for many years the staff Carol is wonderful , my Dentist is amazing. Flexible hours and great customer service.
Donna B.
Doctor was professional and friendly. Staff was also very friendly
Javier O.
Awesome awesome awesome
Tammy S.
Super friendly staff from top to bottom.
Mary M.
They are very friendly and have great service
Kia T.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (248) 850-1809
Our Location