Tooth Extraction An Overview
A tooth extraction may be necessary if a patient has advanced structural decay or damage. Patients may also require a tooth extraction to resolve over-crowding or to relieve impacted wisdom teeth. When possible, Dr. Gauthier may recommend an inlay or onlay, or a root canal before extracting a tooth.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The wisdom teeth often emerge during the late teenage years through the early twenties. Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, typically lack adequate space in the jaw to erupt correctly and are therefore removed to prevent them from becoming impacted or causing damage to the other teeth. There is often pain associated with the wisdom teeth emerging, and the tooth extraction can alleviate that pain.
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a condition that sometimes develops after a tooth is extracted. To avoid dry socket, you should refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or vigorous rinsing for at least 24 hours.
Dry socket can be painful and delay healing times. If you are experiencing dry socket or pain at the extraction site, contact our office as soon as possible.
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Tooth Extraction What to Expect
Tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure. First, the dentist will numb the area to minimize discomfort. After the tooth, your dentist extracts the tooth the socket will be packed with gauze, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. The dressing should remain in for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Please note: if you experience nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding, contact our office immediately
To promote proper healing, avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket. A cold cloth or ice bag may help with any pain or swelling. Pain medication will be prescribed by your dentist if needed. It is essential to continue to brush and floss regularly, however, take care to avoid the teeth next to the tooth socket.