Dental extractions include the complete removal of a tooth from the socket through surgery. In most instances, an extraction would be required when a tooth is severely infected by a cavity or has sustained serious damage due to external trauma. Most patients tend to get anxious before getting an extraction, fearing that it could be very painful, complicated, and time-consuming. In reality, extraction is one of the simplest dental procedures performed under the influence of local anesthesia, making it simple and pain-free.
When would an extraction be necessary?
A tooth may be extracted when it has been seriously affected by a cavity. In the worst case, we would try to save it using root canal therapy by getting rid of the infected pulp. If the treatment doesn’t prove effective at restoring the tooth, it will have to be extracted.
When a tooth undergoes damage due to external trauma, it may suffer minor cracks, chipping, fracture, or even break off at the gum line. It is best to have it extracted to prevent the tooth from causing a lot of pain and leading to oral infections.
How is the extraction carried out?
When you visit our practice for getting a dental extraction, we will start with an initial screening of the oral cavity. The tooth to be extracted will be cleaned to get rid of the microbes and prevent them from entering the extraction site. Local anesthesia will be given to numb the soft tissues of the mouth, teeth, and jawbone. This prevents any pain and discomfort during the extraction.
Once the sedative takes effect, the tooth will be gripped using forceps and shaken lightly to loosen it from the socket. Next, it will be removed entirely from the socket along with the tooth root. The patient would just feel a slight sensation of pressure and no pain at all. You will be asked to bite into a piece of gauze to control the bleeding and to promote the formation of a clot.
For the next few days after an extraction, avoid consuming foods that are too hot, cold, or spicy. Also, take extra care not to dislodge the clot while brushing your teeth, which otherwise could cause more bleeding. Once the wound heals, you may choose to get a restoration to replace the extracted tooth, which could be a dental implant or a bridge.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (503) 574-4000 to have a consultation with Dr. Sepehri, and we will be happy to help.