Sometimes, when a tooth has suffered severe trauma or decay, we will need to perform an extraction on it to remove it from your mouth. We only recommend extraction for teeth that cannot otherwise be saved. Many times we can save teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay with a crown or a root canal. Another common reason teeth need to be extracted are if they look like they will be impacted, like in the case of many wisdom teeth. Teeth extractions are a fairly common dental procedure and are nothing to be scared of. One thing that we like to make our patients aware of when they are faced with losing a tooth is our tooth replacement options. No matter what your situation, at Caldera Dental Group, we will have your mouth on the road to recovery in no time!
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
The tooth extraction procedure begins the same way many dental procedures begin, with us making sure that you are comfortable and have a local anesthetic applied. We will make sure that the area of your mouth where the extraction will take place is completely numb before we begin. We offer a few different sedation options if dental work makes you nervous. There is no shame in asking for sedation for any dental procedure; we just want you to be comfortable and relaxed for the procedure.
There are two different kinds of tooth extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are done when the crown of the tooth is exposed, and surgical extractions are performed when a tooth is below the gumline.
During a simple extraction, we will use a special tool called an elevator to grip the crown of the tooth firmly. We will then gently rock the tooth back and forth until it becomes loose enough to be easily pulled from the mouth. We will suture the site closed and pack it with gauze to help the blood to clot.
During a surgical extraction, we will make an incision in the gums to gain access to the tooth below. We will use some special dental tools to break up and remove the tooth.When the tooth has been removed, we will suture the site closed and pack it with gauze to help with the formation of the blood clot.
Following Tooth Extraction
It is important that you take it easy for at least 24 hours following the extraction of a tooth. During this time you should rest and avoid activities that can substantially raise your blood pressure as this can result in bleeding at the site and disruption of the blood clot. Always avoid smoking and tobacco use when your mouth is healing. Avoid using straws or making sucking motions with your mouth while the site is healing as this can pull the blood clot out and result in an infection that can be quite painful.
We will send you home with instruction specific to your extraction, and sometimes medication. If we send you home with antibiotics, you should take the full prescription as instructed.