Extractions / Tooth Removal

Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there still sometimes necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abcess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

After careful examination and treatment, Dr. Bush may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, he may take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, he may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

For a simple extraction, Dr, Bush will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding while clotting takes place.

It is critical to keep the extraction area clean to prevent infection. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn’t smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, use any alcohol (even mouth wash), or brush teeth directly next to the extraction site.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it will normally go away after a few days. Pain can be minimized by taking an over-the-counter pain medication and using ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Prescription medications is also available if needed.

If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or fever call our office immediately: 817-465-0355.