Permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes a tooth extraction may be necessary. Our oral surgeons may recommend a tooth extraction for the following reasons:
During preparation, our oral surgeons will take an X-ray of the area to form a precise treatment plan. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, this may include a panoramic x-ray, one that details all your teeth at once.
There are two types of extraction:
Most simple extractions only require the use of local anesthetic. For a surgical extraction, you may request oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, nitrous oxide, or general anesthesia to provide a deeper state of relaxation.
Once the tooth has been removed, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. We may pack a gauze pad into the socket to help stop the bleeding. A cut in the mouth tends to bleed more than a cut on the skin because it is more difficult to dry out.
In certain situations, we may recommend socket preservation using bone graft material. This is the case if you are receiving a dental implant.
The oral surgeon will give you a detailed set of instructions to minimize post-operative complications. Be sure to voice any questions or concerns before you leave the office.
Like any oral surgery, you can expect some discomfort. We may recommend the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease the pain. Be sure to take the recommended dose for at least three days after surgery. Depending on the level of discomfort and how difficult it was to remove the tooth, we may prescribe pain medication for the first few days.
Most pain will subside in a couple of days. We recommend eating soft and cool foods during this time. To keep the area clean, you should gently rinse with warm salt water 24 hours after the surgery.
If a blood clot does not properly form in the hole, it can cause a problem called dry socket. If you are experiencing severe pain, contact us immediately.