A tooth extraction, or the pulling of teeth, is usually relatively straightforward and can most often be performed quickly and while the patient is awake. Local anesthetic injections and sedation can be utilized to help manage pain.
Before Your Tooth Extraction
Before your tooth is removed, we must properly assess the shape and status of the affected tooth and its roots. A routine dental X-Ray will allow us to find and prepare for any possible issues before the extraction. In addition, we’ll run through a brief medical history to make sure you’re an ideal candidate. We want to ensure a smooth and simple experience for you.
Process Of Extraction
At the time of your extraction, Dr. Schacht will thoroughly numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic, making sure to numb the tooth itself, the surrounding gums, and your jawbone.
During the extraction, you will most likely feel some pressure. In order to loosen the tooth for removal, it will be gently rocked back and forth. Because of the anesthetic, you should not feel any pain during this process.
When reviewing your X-Rays, we may find a few issues that can cause complications during your extraction. For example, if the tooth roots are crooked or twisted, or if the root is brittle. However, we will make sure to discuss any of these issues with you and how we plan to work around them. In some cases, surrounding bone tissue may need to be removed in order to more easily access and remove the tooth. This may sound like a major complication, but it is actually quite minor. Our experienced oral surgeon will be able to easily plan for such a complication.
After Your Tooth Extraction
Sterile gauze will be held over the empty tooth sockets for 15-20 minutes after extraction. Gentle pressure will be applied in order to control bleeding, and we’ll be sure a clot forms over the socket. In some cases, stitches may be utilized to help control the bleeding. You will be provided with after-care instructions for the cleaning and care of your socket. Depending on your individual circumstances, we may also provide you with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, or pain control medication.
It’s important that you discuss any questions or concerns regarding your tooth extraction with Dr. Matthew Schacht so that you know exactly what to expect from your procedure. Please contact Denver Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to learn more.