The best dentistry is preventive. The second best dentistry is minimally invasive. Sometimes, however, removal of a tooth is necessary. In these situations, we offer dental extractions in the comfort of our familiar, inviting office, performed by the professionals you know and trust.
Dental extraction is only advised when no other option will achieve equivalent results. These situations include, but are not limited to:
- A child’s permanent tooth is coming in, and the primary tooth is still intact
- Making room for teeth in preparation for orthodontic therapy
- Making room for dentures
- A broken, dead, or infected tooth that cannot be saved
- Tooth is loose in socket, due to gum disease
- Wisdom teeth causing crowding or developing decay
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Prevention of potential problems from wisdom teeth
What is Extraction?
Tooth extraction involves removing an entire tooth, root and crown, from its socket in the jawbone. For the procedure, the area around and the infected tooth itself will be numbed. The method used for extraction will depend upon the size of the tooth and its root system. Simple extractions are possible when a tooth is erupted and can be seen in the mouth. An impacted or un-erupted tooth requires surgical extraction, a procedure requiring entry beneath the gums. Because surgical extraction is more invasive, recovery takes longer.
If you were prescribed antibiotics or other medication, be sure to take the entire prescription to completion. We will also send you home with a syringe, packing, and instructions on how to clean the surgical site. If you underwent surgical extraction, you may have a few stitches.
After your procedure, you’ll need to avoid smoking, harshly rinsing your mouth, and drinking through a straw for at least 48 hours. Consume a soft, light, bland diet, and no alcohol, for a few days. Smoothies, yogurt, and warm (not hot) soups eaten with a spoon are ideal. If your mouth swells, apply a cold compress outside the cheek, on the face for 15 minute intervals, with 15 minutes in between.
DO NOT DISTURB THE SITE. This is very important, because your body will create a blood clot at the extraction site. The clot initiates healing and should not be dislodged or disturbed in any way. Sucking on a straw, rinsing your mouth vigorously, or smoking can cause a painful condition known as dry socket. Refrain from strenuous activity for a few days, as well.
Resume brushing gently, and not on the extraction site, two days after your procedure.
If you experience intense pain, significant bleeding, or fever, call our office for consultation. Some pain, bleeding, and swelling is normal and will subside over 48 hours following surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation Now
If you need dental extractions, we will be happy to provide a second opinion or perform the extraction for you. Call Docklands Dental Studio now to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family dentists.