Tooth ExtractionsAn Overview
A tooth extraction may be recommended for various reasons related to the development or condition of your oral health. When teeth are overcrowded, a tooth extraction may be necessary to create room for a more stable bite, sometimes prior to orthodontic treatment. If a tooth has become severely damaged or decayed and a root canal is not considered a viable option, Dr. Sousa may recommend extracting and replacing a tooth in the best interest of your long-term oral health.
Dr. Sousa can perform most tooth extractions in our office and offers sedation dentistry to meet your needs and ensure complete comfort during treatment. If the tooth needs to be replaced, he will work with you to choose a tooth replacement option and coordinate the phases of your dental care. Dr. Sousa offers dental implants, dental bridges and implant secured dentures to replace lost teeth.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
Dr. Sousa will discuss all aspects of the tooth extraction and possible replacement options prior to your procedure. If sedation dentistry is to be used, we will educate you on what may be expected the day of your treatment in regards to assistance needed and recovery.
A tooth extraction is often a relatively simple procedure that is completed rather quickly. Once you are made comfortable with a local anesthetic or form of conscious sedation, Dr. Sousa will carefully disconnect the tooth from its socket by severing the ligaments holding it into place. The next step is to gently move the tooth back and forth in the socket until it slowly comes free and is completely removed.
The area will be cleaned and gauze will be placed to secure the natural blood clot that forms in the empty socket. We will provide instructions for post-treatment care and follow up with you at home to be sure your recovery is going well. Most patients resume their normal daily routine the next day and can manage pain with an over the counter option.
If you experience sudden or sharp pain or resumed bleeding after your extraction, contact our office right away for advice on how to proceed. In some cases, the blood clot breaks free and a painful condition called “dry socket” can occur. This may require a brief visit to check the socket and replace the gauze.