Tooth Extraction in a Comfortable Office
Tooth extractions may seem scary, but it should be a comfortable experience. It’s a quick and relatively painless experience. Recovery from a tooth extraction should take no longer than a few days.
We can perform some tooth extractions in our office and in some cases we may refer out to an oral surgeon.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
One of the most common extraction procedure is wisdom teeth removal. This is typically handled by an oral surgeon. When wisdom teeth are impacted it stops your teeth from growing in normally.
In some cases, a dentist might recommend an extraction to make room in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. Other times, a tooth needs to be extracted when it is badly damaged or decayed. In these cases, an extraction will prevent infection and relieve pain.
What Is The Process Involved With a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction process is quick and mainly painless. You can expect the process to look like this:
- After taking x-rays, the dentist or oral surgeon will review them with you and talk through the extraction process.
- The dentist will use a local numbing agent for the tooth, gum, and bone.
- Throughout the extraction, you should only feel pressure, and no pain.
- In most cases, the dentist can remove the tooth using applied pressure, rather than surgical intervention.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
After the procedure, your dentist will send you home with instructions for properly caring for the extraction site in the hours and days following tooth removal. Some patients may need to cover the area with gauze.
For patients who experience pain after the extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medicine to give some relief in the days following the procedure. The gums should fully heal in a matter of weeks, as long as the site is kept clean. Once healed, you may be interested in replacing the missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation
If you think you may need a tooth extracted, reach out to us and we can schedule a tooth extraction consultation. In some cases, we may decide to refer you out to an oral surgeon. Contact us today!