Whether you are dealing with severe tooth decay, impacted wisdom teeth, advanced periodontal disease or you have a tooth that is broken beyond repair, we can help. When you schedule an appointment at Artistic Dentistry, you will meet with Dr. Gerard Wasselle and discuss your treatment options. If tooth extraction is recommended, we will walk you through the process and, if necessary, go over your replacement options. Call us today with any questions at 907-344-1990.
When you first sit down in the chair for an extraction, we will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area. To remove the tooth, Dr. Wasselle will firmly rock the tooth in order to widen the socket. So you'll feel a lot of pressure, but you should not feel any pain as the anesthetic has numbed your nerves. It is important to let us know if you do feel pain at any time during the extraction.
Sectioning a tooth is a very common procedure. If your tooth is firmly anchored in its socket, or if the root is curved, we will have to section it in order to complete the extraction. It's a simple process of cutting the tooth into sections, and then removing each section one at a time. Similar to a regular extraction, you will feel pressure but you should not feel any pain.
Once your tooth is removed, it is important for a blood clot to form. To help stop the bleeding and begin the healing process, you will need to bite on gauze pads for 30-45 minute intervals several times. For 72 hours, you will want to avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol or brushing your teeth next to the extraction site. These activities could dislodge or dissolve the blood clot and hinder the healing process. You will also want to limit vigorous exercise for the first day post-treatment, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding. You will take pain medications as prescribed and you will need to return to your normal dental hygiene routine after 24 hours.
If you feel pain and experience swelling, an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn can be applied to the area. Swelling should subside after 48 hours. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at 907-344-1990.