Thousands of teeth are extracted each year that cannot be repaired with fillings or crowns. Also, some teeth are damaged beyond repair due to facial trauma. Our surgeons perform extractions under local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV sedation.
If the tooth is broken down below the gumline, your doctor may make an incision, remove a minimal amount of bone and then section the tooth into pieces so that it can be gently removed. The gum tissue is then closed with sutures. Some sutures absorb and fallout, others may need to be removed at your 1 week postoperative visit.
You will be given instructions on diet, medications, and activity. You may need the rest of the day to recuperate since you will have some swelling and possible some bruising.
You will be given a prescription for pain medication and possible, an antibiotic. If you play sports routinely or perform manual labor at work, let your doctor know. We can discuss when you can safely resume your activities.
This is a common procedure and as with all surgery, there are a few potential risks. Your procedure and any risks will be discussed with you at your evaluation appointment.