Oral surgery is the removal of the tooth, root structure and infected tissue in atraumatic approach for both the patient and the bone.
Our first priority is to help restore, save and repair your natural teeth. However, dental extractions are unfortunately necessary. Some common issues that require extractions are: infection, orthodontic purposes, malformed/misaligned wisdom teeth, baby teeth becoming “stuck” and tooth decay. A tooth may have so much decay that it will put the surrounding teeth at risk of decay or infection. At that point, we may treatment plan the extraction and recommend replacement with either a bridge or implant so that your teeth do not shift and cause problems with chewing or problems with jaw joint function in the near future. A bone graft into the open space is highly recommended to preserve the bone for future dental needs.
We will make you feel as comfortable as possible during your extraction by walking you through the process, providing local anesthetics and reviewing post-operative home care instructions.
The actual procedure is fairly quick, however it is very important that you share any concerns or questions with the dentist so that the procedure goes as smooth as possible.
- Fold a single piece of gauze into quarters to form a pad. Place the gauze over the extraction site and bite firmly for at least 10 minutes or until to bleeding stops.
- Avoid smoking, spitting or using straws for at least the first 2-3 days as you do not want to cause a “dry socket”.
- Eat soft foods and drink normal amounts of liquids.
- Remember: A slight amount of bleeding is completely normal.