What are Tooth Extractions?
Tooth extractions involve the removal of a tooth from its socket. While the idea of extractions may seem intimidating, they are often necessary to maintain oral health and prevent further complications. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Matthew Byrne, and the team at Pacific Northwest Implant Studio are here to ensure your comfort throughout the process.
Did you know...
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 85% of people will need to have at least one tooth extracted during their lifetime.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Assessment and Planning
During your initial consultation, Dr. Byrne will carefully examine your teeth and take any necessary X-rays to determine the best course of action. This step allows us to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Numbing the Area
Before the extraction, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area surrounding the tooth. This ensures that you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Once the area is numbed, Dr. Byrne will gently and precisely remove the tooth from its socket. Our team is experienced in performing extractions, and we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the process.
After the extraction, you will be provided with detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site. Following these instructions will help promote proper healing and minimize discomfort.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Basic extractions involve the removal of a tooth that is fully erupted and can be easily accessed. This procedure is typically performed for teeth that are damaged, decayed, or causing crowding issues.
Have questions about Tooth Extractions? Find answers here.
Are tooth extractions painful?
While you may experience some pressure or discomfort during the procedure, local anesthesia will ensure that you don't feel any pain. After the extraction, you may experience mild soreness or swelling, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and proper aftercare.
What is the recovery time after a tooth extraction?
Recovery time can vary depending on the complexity of the extraction and your individual healing process. In general, you can expect the extraction site to heal within one to two weeks. It's essential to follow the aftercare instructions provided by our team to promote healing and prevent complications.
Can I eat normally after a tooth extraction?
Immediately following the extraction, it's recommended to stick to a soft food diet and avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that could irritate the extraction site. As the healing progresses, you can gradually introduce more solid foods into your diet.
What if I have dental anxiety?
We understand that dental anxiety is a common concern. Our team is experienced in working with anxious patients and can provide various sedation options to help you relax during the extraction procedure. We prioritize your comfort and strive to create a positive and stress-free experience for every patient.
If any medications will be necessary for your treatment, we’ll double check with your general physician to make sure these are medications you can tolerate. Renew your smile today and give us a call at (541) 345-0004.