The Extraction Procedure
Extraction is typically called for in cases where disease, trauma, or crowding are an issue. It may also be necessary to extract teeth to make room for dental anchors, or dentures. In most cases, healthy teeth will be saved when possible. Our staff will go over the need for extraction and any issues specific to your case with you.
The area around the tooth to be extracted is numbed with a local anesthetic, so that discomfort is minimized. The tooth is extracted from the mouth using the gentlest available techniques, making sure that that tooth is completely evacuated. Once the tooth is removed, the body begins the healing process and bone will fill in the void in the jaw left by the root, when healing is complete.
Our staff will go over the post extraction regimen with you. It is likely to include avoiding very hot and very cold food and beverages, keeping the extraction site packed and clean, and instructions for pain medications you can take. Written instructions are sent home with each patient to make recovery as simple as possible.
A small amount of bleeding will be normal. Your dentist can explain more of what to expect at the time of extraction. You will want to be cautious when eating, drinking, or rinsing for the first few days. The extraction site needs to remain undisturbed for the blood to clot, which encourages bone growth and healing.
If you think you might need a dental extraction, please do not wait. Call us for a consultation today. The longer you put it off, the greater the risk of infection and impact to surrounding teeth. Capitol Hill Dentistry & Braces can help get you back to your normal life with as little discomfort as possible.