Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease. 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?
You may need your tooth extracted if it has been damaged or decayed to such a point where a root canal is no longer able to fix the problem, or when there has been so much bone loss around the tooth that it has become too loose to repair.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
First we insure that you are comfortable and that all your questions have been answered, then we make sure you are completely numb so that you do not feel any pain or sharpness during the procedure. If at any time during the procedure you feel discomfort you can let the dentist and assistant know and they will stop and do what ever it takes to make sure you are ok to continue.
How long is the healing process?
The healing process will start immediately after the extraction and the first 7-10 days are very important. Make sure to avoid eating any hard foods immediately following the extraction. Avoid drinking through a straw for the first 48 hours to allow the blood clot to fully seal. Drink plenty of water but do not rinse vigorously for the first 48 hours to avoid losing the blood clot. If the blood clot is lost it can result in what is called dry-socket which can be painful and may require you to come back to the dentist to have it treated. Avoid alcohol for the first 48 hours as this can also cause the loss of the blood clot. Smoking greatly increases your risk of dry-socket and should be discontinued for 2 weeks following extraction. While you are at it, talk with your dentist about how to quit smoking. It generally takes about 3-4 weeks for gum tissue to completely heal and up to 6 months for bone to heal and be ready for an implant.