Extractions in Danville & Chatham
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A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth from the jaw. We may recommend extraction in a number of situations. Advanced trauma or tooth decay may destroy too much of the healthy tooth structure for a restoration to be possible. Wisdom teeth are commonly removed due to impaction, crowding, or dental shifting. Prior to orthodontic treatment or denture placement, we may also need to remove one or more teeth. Depending on the number, location, and state of the teeth you need to have extracted, we may recommend simple or surgical removal.
A simple tooth extraction is completed with local anesthesia to numb the area, and this nonsurgical solution is only viable for teeth that have fully erupted from the gum line. We use a variety of instruments to “pull” the tooth from the socket. We’ll gently shift the tooth back and forth until it comes away from the jaw.
A surgical tooth extraction may include any number of more advanced methods for removing a tooth that is either not fully erupted from the gums or that is too solidly rooted in place to be extracted by pulling. We may also recommend surgical extraction for teeth that have broken or decayed below the gum line. Surgical removal involves incisions into the soft tissue that makes accessing the underlying tooth structures easier. We may also need to break the tooth into several pieces to make it easier to remove the tooth without affecting surrounding teeth or oral structures.
For the most advanced surgical extractions, we may need to partner with a local oral surgeon to ensure your safety and comfort during the removal of your teeth. This is almost always true for patients who need to have one or more wisdom teeth surgically removed and when patients require general anesthesia, which renders patients fully unconscious.
Following your tooth extraction, you will be given a personalized post-operative care plan to ensure quick and comfortable healing. You’ll likely experience bleeding for the first twenty-four hours following extraction. Then, a blood clot will form filling in the vacated socket. Some general guidelines to follow after tooth extraction include:
- Do not over exert yourself. Rest and allow for the normal healing process to be complete.
- Do not brush or rinse your mouth in the treatment area
- Do not drink through a straw for at least a day
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco
- Do use an ice pack or cold compress at 20 minute intervals (20 on/20 off)
- Do follow any dietary restrictions set forth by the dentist
- Do take medications and pain relievers as instructed
- Do contact us right away, if you experience any extreme pain or excessive bleeding