While it’s always our goal to care for and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases when removing a tooth is in your best interest. We work to make tooth extractions as easy as possible so you can focus on a quick recovery.
The Process of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is typically a quick procedure, and we will use anesthesia to keep you comfortable. The most important aspect of the process is recovery. We must control the bleeding and promote a proper healing process immediately following tooth extraction. This involves biting down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes in order to form a blood clot. For the next 24 hours, you must be extremely cautious not to disturb the blood clot. To relieve swelling, apply an ice pack to the outer cheek and, once the swelling has subsided, apply a warm compress to the same area for comfort. Gently rinsing the extraction area with warm salt water also helps to keep it clean.
If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. You can also request an appointment or see the other services we provide using the links below.