Removing a tooth from its socket is known as a tooth extraction, and it doesn’t have to be a scary or stressful experience. At McKim and Platt Dentistry of Eugene, Oregon, we are dedicated to making sure you feel informed and empowered before your procedure as well as comfortable during it.
You may need a tooth extracted if you have a tooth that:
- Is severely destroyed or broken beyond restoration
- Is infected or at risk for becoming infected
- Is causing crowding
In more involved cases, you will be referred to an oral surgeon.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Anesthetic will be administered to the tooth as well as the bone and gums that surround it. As your tooth is extracted, you should expect to feel pressure but not pain. If you do feel any pain, tell your dentist immediately.
Once the tooth has been removed, it is completely normal for some bleeding to occur. We will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of the extraction site.
What to Expect after Tooth Extraction
You should expect to experience a level of discomfort after your procedure. In some cases, we will prescribe pain medication. If you are not prescribed medication, we recommend taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen before the local anesthesia wears off. Take the label’s recommended dosage 3 to 4 times a day until discomfort subsides.
Dry sockets occur in 2% to 5% of extractions. For those who develop them, dry sockets can be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, they are easily treatable.
A socket is the hole in the bone that is left after a tooth has been removed. Once the tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes, that clot can dissolve or become dislodged in the days following an extraction. This leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluids and whatever else enters the mouth. If the bone or nerves become agitated or infected, causing severe pain, it is known as a dry socket.
Smoking, rinsing, spitting excessively and drinking through a straw can increase your chances of developing a dry socket.
If you think you have developed a dry socket after your procedure, call Holub Dentistry immediately.
There is always a small risk of infection associated with tooth extractions. Call your dentist immediately if:
- The swelling increases
- You develop fever, chills or redness
- Swallowing becomes difficult
- There is uncontrolled bleeding
- The extraction site becomes very painful
We do limited other Oral Surgery here in our office. These services include root canal therapy, bone grafting, and preventative bony ridge augmentation. In more involved cases you will be referred to an oral surgeon.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is performed to restore and save an irreversibly damaged nerve.
You may need a Root Canal if:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp or nerve
- There is injury or trauma to the tooth
- Infection or an abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
Signs and symptoms for possible Root Canal Therapy:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Severe toothache
- Swelling or tenderness
- An abscess or pimple on the gums
Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy involves one or more appointments that are performed in our office or in more involved cases, are referred to an Endodontist, a root canal specialist.
After determining that a root canal is necessary, the doctor will anesthetize the tooth and a rubber dam is then placed over the tooth to keep it dry and clear of saliva. An opening is made in the tooth to locate the canal(s) which will be cleaned out, removing the bacteria causing the infection. The canal(s) are then disinfected and filled with a rubber-like substance, which creates a seal, preventing re-infection. A crown or filling is then placed, to complete the procedure.
Other Oral Surgery Services
Other Oral Surgery services we provide are: bone grafting and preventative bony ridge augmentation.