The first step is conducting a radiographic examination (x-ray) to evaluate the position of the tooth roots and the condition of the bone surrounding it. The method in which your dentist or oral surgeon at GIO Dental will extract your tooth depends on the tooth’s shape, position, and overall integrity. Before the extraction, a general anesthetic will be administered to numb the teeth and the surrounding area. Extractions are usually simple and straightforward, however, depending on your tooth’s position, the dentist may have to extract a tooth in pieces.
Extra measures are taken to ensure that the surrounding healthy gums and bones are not damaged during the extraction. In some cases, a little amount of lab-processed bone-grating material is set into the bone socket to help keep its volume. This is typically administered when they plan on placing a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth.
In order to control any bleeding, sterile gauze will be placed in the socket with applied pressure right after the extraction. If necessary, small sutures may also be needed to close the socket. It is not unusual for patients to experience mild to moderate discomfort and/or swelling following a tooth extraction. They typically fade away within a few days, with the help of non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or aspirin. Your dentist at GIO dental may also prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection during the healing phase. You may also use ice packs outside your jaw and eat soft foods until the affected area starts feeling normal.
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