Badly broken down or fractured teeth need to be extracted to avoid facial swellings and infections. Something in the space where the tooth is extracted is necessary in order to maintain your proper bite and keep teeth from shifting.

Options for replacement: Implant, Bridge, Denture. If you have any questions, feel free to ask someone on our Dental Team. We’re happy to help!

Why does a Tooth need to be Extracted?

There are many reasons for having a tooth removed. Whether it’s too much decay, there’s an infection, the tooth is fractured or broken, your teeth are loose due to bone loss, or it is needed to create space for a crowded mouth, having a tooth extracted may be a reality for you.

Here at Orchard Dental, we want to help our patients save their teeth. Not only is this great for your mouth, but it bodes well with your pocketbook as well. The cost of replacing a missing tooth via an implant or bridge can be as high as 4x the cost!  With modern technology and procedures, we now have the ability to save teeth that may have otherwise been extracted in the past. In the instance that a tooth needs to be extracted this is what you can expect:

Extraction Procedure

Before pulling a tooth, the dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. We offer different types of sedation as well, to ease any anxiety you may have. These include nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and/or oral sedatives. Ask us about these options if this is something that is of interest to you. Once the area is completely numb we use our dental instruments to gently rock the tooth back and forth, loosening it from the jaw and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a difficult or severely broken down tooth must be removed in pieces.

Instructions After having an Extraction

The goal is to minimize your discomfort level after having an extraction and allow for a quick recovery. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Use the prescription we give you for the pain.
  • An antibiotic prescription will also be given to reduce the possibility of infection in the area.
  • Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by the dentist to reduce the bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth’s socket. Replace the gauze pads an hour after leaving our office with new ones. Keep constant pressure on the extraction site for at least two hours after your appointment.
  • Apply a cold compress to the affected area once you return home to help minimize the swelling. Apply the cold compress for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Limit physical activity for the next day or two.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with warm salt water (½ teaspoon salt in 8 oz. of water).
  • Don’t drink from a straw for a day.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  • When brushing and flossing, try and avoid the extraction site.

If you have any questions or concerns before and/or after your extraction appointment, give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have and help you better understand the process. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and know what to expect so that you can receive quality dental care with as little discomfort as possible.