Our team will make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable, or when advanced periodontal (gum) disease has destroyed the tooth's "foundation" support. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
A tooth extraction is performed only after all alternatives have been considered and ruled out.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
A tooth extraction is a routine procedure for Dr. Paxton, though in some instances, an emergency tooth extraction may be called for. The procedure includes:
- X-rays to assess the location, size, and position of the tooth to be removed to help determine the extent of the procedure
- An assessment of the anesthesia and sedation options that will best serve your needs, allowing for a pain-free, less-than-memorable experience
- The careful removal of the tooth, which may include a bone-preserving graft
After the tooth has been removed, Dr. Paxton will have you bite down on some gauze in order to help stop the bleeding, so that a blood clot can form.
How long is the healing process?
After your extraction, your recovery typically takes a couple of days. The following tips will help you relieve discomfort and avoid complications.
- Take pain relievers as prescribed or recommended.
- Leave gauze in place for the recommended amount of time.
- Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time to minimize swelling after the procedure.
- Avoid rinsing, sucking, or spitting for six hours after the procedure.
- After six hours, rinse your mouth with ½ teaspoon of salt and warm water.
- Do not smoke.
- Eat soft foods the day after the extraction; gradually add solid foods as the extraction site heals.
- Avoid the extraction site when brushing your teeth.