A tooth may require an extraction when it is severely decayed, infected or damaged. Most non-impacted extractions can be completed at our office.
When an extraction is required the area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. After the extraction is completed cotton gauze will be placed over the wound and slight pressure will be applied. Stiches may be required for some patients. Depending on the severity of the decay, damage or infection, antibiotics may be prescribed along with a pain killer.
For most patients, recovery after an extraction will be limited to a few days. In order to help with healing remember to relax after surgery, avoid smoking, take medication as prescribed, stick to a semi-liquid/soft food diet and generally avoid the area until healed.
Eventually the lost tooth can be replaced with a fixed bridge, implant, or removable denture.