TOOTH EXTRACTIONS: AN OVERVIEW
There are many reasons someone may need a tooth extracted including excessive tooth decay, infection, or crowding. While our priority is always in salvaging viable teeth, we understand that tooth extractions are sometimes necessary. Dr. Huckin offers simple tooth extraction procedures in our Dallas, Texas dental office.
Our office strives to make the tooth extraction process as painless as possible. Patients who require a tooth extraction may be interested in our sedation dentistry options. Additionally, tooth extraction is typically performed using a local anesthetic or oral sedation, depending on the individual needs of the patient.
TOOTH EXTRACTIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Dr. Huckin gently dislodges the tooth by detaching the ligament securing the tooth in your jaw bone. Then, he will expand the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth until it is able to come out. Afterward, the empty socket will be cleaned out and packed with gauze to prevent infection and help the blood to clot.
Immediately following the procedure, it is best that you:
- Leave the gauze on for a few hours to allow the blood to clot
- Use a cold compress to reduce any facial swelling
- Rest and relax for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid using a straw or smoking cigarettes.
- Don’t rinse for the first 24 hours.
Dr. Huckin will go over all aftercare best practices with you so that you are informed every step of the way. Patients should expect to feel slight discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding following the procedure. However, if bleeding is persistent or if the pain does not go away for several days, contact our office immediately.