Dentistry aims to preserve your natural teeth but, in some situations, extraction is the only option to protect your oral health. Extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. The extraction of a tooth may be surgical or non-surgical. A simple or non-surgical extraction is done on a tooth that is visible in the mouth. A surgical extraction is conducted for teeth that may not have fully erupted or have broken off at the gum line.
The process of extracting a tooth begins by taking an X-ray of the site. This helps to plan the best way to remove the tooth, depending upon its position and condition. Local anesthesia will be administered to the extraction site. In the vast majority of cases, patients only feel pressure but no pain while the tooth is being pulled. Sometimes, a tooth may have to be extracted in pieces instead of being removed at once. After removing the tooth, the extraction site is cleaned and flushed, and stitches are placed if needed. You will be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the blood to clot at the extraction site. We will also give you instructions for post-surgical care.
It is common to experience mild discomfort after the procedure. We may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter medication to control pain after the effect of anesthesia has worn off. If you experience swelling, use an ice pack on your cheek. Stick to eating soft, cold foods for a few days after surgery. Avoid smoking, spitting or drinking with a straw as these can dislodge the clot at the extraction site.
If you require a tooth extraction, call us for more information or to schedule an appointment.