Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Despite our best efforts to save teeth, sometimes tooth removal is medically necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tooth extraction?
The most common cause of tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, other causes for extraction exist, including impacted wisdom teeth, advanced periodontal disease, or cracked teeth. Only your dentist can tell you if you need a tooth extraction; to determine if an extraction is needed, schedule an appointment with our office today.
What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?
You and your dentist will discuss exactly what to expect at your consultation appointment, including a thoroughly medical history review and any pre-operative instructions. You will be given a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure, and you may be prescribed medications to help manage pain in the hours following your extraction
What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?
You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and be given instructions for keeping the area clean. You may be prescribed an antibiotic, and it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. You will be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw for a few days following the procedure, as doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as “dry socket.” Our dental team is with you every step of the way and will be available via phone to answer any additional questions or concerns.