If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, our specialist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can’t be saved, even with bone replacement surgery (bone graft).
Here are other reasons why a tooth needs to be removed:
Most simple extractions can be done using just an injection (a local anesthetic). You may or may not receive drugs to help you relax. For a surgical extraction, you will receive a local anesthetic, and you may also have anesthesia through a vein (intravenous). Some people may need general anesthesia. They include patients with specific medical or behavioral conditions and young children.
If you are receiving conscious sedation, you may be given steroids as well as other medicines in your IV line. The steroids help to reduce swelling and keep you pain-free after the procedure.
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but no pain. If you feel any pain or pinching, tell your doctor.
Our specialist will give you detailed instructions on what to do and what to expect after your surgery. If you have any questions, make sure to ask them.
Having a tooth taken out is surgery. You can expect some discomfort after even simple extractions. Usually it is mild. You will be prescribed with pain relievers, Take the dose our doctor recommends. Take the first pills before the local anesthesia wears off. Continue taking them for 3 days. Ask our specialist for complete instructions.
Surgical extractions generally cause more pain after the procedure than simple extractions. The level of discomfort and how long it lasts will depend on how difficult it was to remove the tooth.
If you have an infection, our specialist usually will prescribe antibiotics.