TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Our primary focus is on recommendingtreatments that will preservethe teeth you have. But in cases where the tooth is so badlydamaged it cannot be saved, toothextraction is the best option. Extraction may be recommendedfor cases of tooth fractures below the gum line, severe tooth decay, impactedwisdom teeth, crowded primary teeth and advanced gum disease. Through the useof nitrousoxideand anesthetic, we ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free during theextraction process.

You and Dr. Haddad may determine that youneed a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extractedbecause they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontaldisease,or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removalbecause they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or inpreparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead toproblems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, andshifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases,Dr. Haddad will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement ofthe extracted tooth.

The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will needto numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a localanesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel alot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in orderto widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as theanesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet thenerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during theextraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a verycommon procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or theroot is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctorsimply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for ablood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite ona gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If thebleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly foranother 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flowof blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important tonot disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws,smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healingprocess. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases bloodpressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel somepain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozenpeas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take painmedications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call ouroffice if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics areprescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even ifsigns and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eatnutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally assoon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dentalroutine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth atleast once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh andclean.

After a few days you should feel fine and canresume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain,continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call ouroffice immediately.