Extractions are necessary for teeth that have decayed or been damaged through trauma so bad that they 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 of the whole procedure. They are over quickly and heal within a matter of days. The word “extraction” can bring fear to a lot of people, but today’s improved dental technologies make extractions less traumatic than ever. Since we can use sedation if needed, even the timidest patient can rest assured we will do everything to make your extraction as comfortable as possible.
Extraction is typically used in cases where disease, trauma, or crowding are an issue. It may 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. The tooth is extracted from the mouth using the gentlest available techniques while being careful that the tooth is completely removed. Once the tooth is out, the body begins the healing process. Bone will fill in the area where the root used to be when healing is complete.
Our staff will go over the post extraction regimen with you. It is likely you will need to avoid very hot and very cold food and beverages, keep the extraction site packed and clean. We will provide information regarding 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. Dr. Burris and Dr. Mueller 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.