At Belpre Dental Studio, our goal is to help you live a long, healthy life with all your natural teeth. However, there are times when a tooth cannot be saved. While tooth extractions fall under the label “oral surgery”, most extractions are common, simple procedures. Our experienced team has gentle technique, expert skill, and the latest in dental technologies to ensure the most comfortable procedure and recovery, and the best possible outcome.
Why might a tooth need to be removed?
- Periodontal disease
- Severely decayed teeth
- Cracked, broken, or infected teeth
- Teeth that do not come in correctly (or at all)
- Making room for teeth during orthodontic treatment
- Side effects from certain medications or treatments
- Wisdom tooth impaction
- And more
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What to Expect
Check out the process for tooth removal and the return to optimal oral health at Belpre Dental Studio.
STEP ONE | DETERMINE TYPE OF EXTRACTION NEEDED
- Examination + X-ray (digital X-ray or 3D CBCT for instant analysis)
- Questions and discussion of the procedure
- Discussion of options for post-removal tooth replacement
STEP TWO | TOOTH REMOVAL
- Patient Relaxation – Free Conscious Sedation is available if you are anxious about your dental care
- Numbing of the tooth and surrounding area (local anesthetic)
- Removal of tooth
STEP THREE | TOOTH REPLACEMENT (Optional)
- Bone grafting – avoid loss of bone mass, shifting of teeth, and other issues associated with loss of one or more teeth
- Begin the process for a dental implant, dental bridge, or other tooth replacement option selected
STEP FOUR | AFTERCARE
- Carefully follow instructions given to you at end of the appointment
- Avoid things known to cause a dry socket
- NOTE: Most healing takes place within 1-2 weeks after tooth removal. If you carefully follow the aftercare instructions, the site should heal well in this time and be relatively comfortable.
Aftercare is especially important if you have chosen to have bone grafting and dental implants placed in the empty socket after tooth removal. Failing to properly care for the tooth socket makes healing much more difficult. After tooth removal, the empty socket eventually fills with blood and the blood clots. Like a scab, a blood clot helps stop bleeding and begins the healing process.
Tooth Replacement Options for After Extractions
What to Avoid After Tooth Removal
For about three days after the extraction, there is a need to avoid:
- Brushing the site directly
- Drinking out of straws
- Spitting or swishing forcefully
- Blowing your nose
- Creating any pressure on the socket
All of these things create a level of pressure that can dislodge the blood clot and open the socket. If this happens a “dry socket” is possible. Dry sockets heal very slowly, are often painful, and require intervention. Please call us right away if you suspect this after your extraction.