When a patient has severe crowding, or a tooth is beyond restoration, an extraction is recommended. Both Dr. Sosnovsky and Dr. Phillips are skilled in tooth extractions. We perform many in here in the office but sometimes need to refer patients to see an Oral Surgeon. If you are referred to oral surgery, we will recommend an office that participates with your insurance. If you’d rather see someone else, you can take any referral we give you to any office.
What To Expect During Your Visit
Before your extraction, the doctor will numb the area of the tooth so you feel no pain. Depending on the tooth, there may be a need for an incision or some drilling. It is important to note that you will be numb from pain, but may feel some pushing or pressure. Once the tooth is removed, you will bite on gauze to stop the bleeding. An assistant will check the status of your extraction site before you leave.
What To Expect After Tooth Extractions
After your tooth extractions, it is normal to have some bleeding, swelling, or discomfort. It is recommended to avoid any spitting, vigorous rinsing, smoking, and drinking through a straw. All of these motions can dislodge a blood clot and cause a dry socket. Your dentist will prescribe post operative medications based on the complexity of your extraction. If given an antibiotic, take as directed and complete all of the days. The peak for pain swelling and discomfort post tooth extractions are days two through four.
If you are experiencing pain or swelling outside of this peak window and are concerned about how you’re healing, call our office to schedule a follow up appointment.