Tooth Extractions | North Raleigh NC
You may need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, Dr. Boyles will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
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Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
It's hard to believe it's been almost a year .. since my blessing with Dr. Boyle and his crew . I was suffering a great deal of pain with an infected tooth for many days. Tried every home remedie, pain meds over the counter, teas and oils and mouth wash. Nothing worked. A year ago , tomorrow... I woke up with my first and worst abscess. . I was so scared. Not knowing, how in the world, I was going to get this done without no dental insurance and no means ( money) to just walk in at a facility. A couple days went by, a dear friend of mine called me out of the blue. We talked for a while. She was so comforting. Checking on me, ect. Long story short.. The next day, I went to Dr. Boyles office. . with a gracious blessing waiting for me. They got me in immediately, to extract my inflected tooth...and eased my abscess, all generously because of my dear friend , who's family are long time clients there. I am forever grateful, FOREVER grateful for my friend and the Dr. Boyle family. Not only did they get me in right away, they treated me like family. .and were very patient with me, and my needs. Its been a year since my return, but i am definitely in favor of Dr. Boyle office as my dental home for future dental needs and I highly recommend anyone in need of a dentist, that Dr. Boyl.is wonderful!!!! I can never thank him enough for tending to my needs, in an immediate fashion. Thanks again.
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