When people talk about being afraid of the dentist, extraction is the one procedure that comes to mind. Today’s improved dental technologies make extractions less traumatic than ever. Since we can, if needed, use sedation, even the timidest patient can rest assured that we will do everything to make your extraction as comfortable as possible. Extractions are necessary for teeth that have decayed, or have been damaged through trauma, and are past the point of being saved. In these cases, once a tooth is extracted, patients often feel immediate relief from symptoms they may have experienced for months or even years. Your reluctance may, in fact, be the worst part of the whole procedure. They are over quickly and heal within a matter of days.

The 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.

Recovery

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.

Call Today

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.