Teeth may be intentionally extracted for several reasons, and you and Dr. Elias will work together to decide whether your condition merits the tooth’s removal or if it is salvageable. Severe decay, periodontal disease, irreparable breaks, impaction or poor positioning for orthodontic treatment are all reasons patients might opt to have one or several teeth removed.

Though extraction seems like a simple solution to these conditions, it is never ideal to remove a tooth. This can cause complications with chewing, jaw joint function and tooth shifting, all of which can majorly affect your dental health. Dr. Elias will discuss with you alternative options to help you make an informed decision regarding tooth extraction and replacement of the lost tooth.

The Extraction Process

Extractions are performed under local anesthetic applied to your tooth, jawbone and gums in the surrounding area. Though you will not feel pain, you will be able to feel a lot of pressure as Dr. Elias sways the tooth to widen its socket for smooth removal. The pressure may be uncomfortable, but it subsides as soon as the tooth is extracted. The anesthetic will prevent nerves from transferring the sensation of pain, but the nerves that transmit pressure are unaffected by this sedation. If you do experience any pain during the procedure, notify us immediately.

If your tooth is too firmly anchored in its socket to be removed due to a curved root, your tooth might require sectioning. This is very common and simply requires that Dr. Elias cut the tooth into sections before removing one piece at a time.

Following Your Procedure

The care instructions for your extraction are similar to those for oral surgery (See Post-Operative Care), but much more mild. You will experience bleeding, swelling and mild pain. These can be regulated by biting on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes, applying ice regularly and taking either over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication, respectively. It is imperative that you carefully follow dosing instructions for your medications, which Dr. Elias will discuss with you before your surgery.

You should avoid rinsing or irritating the extraction point, but after 24 hours return to your normal dental routine. Assume greater care than usual, but keeping up with oral hygiene will accelerate the healing process. Most pain, swelling and bleeding should subside within 2-3 days. If you are still experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our offices for assistance.