Surgical Extractions

This type of extraction is slight more complex that take place when a full grown tooth has not been reached or the tooth has not breached the gum line.

This procedure is done by your surgeon. The surgeon will make a small incision into the gum to have access to the affected tooth. After the extraction the surgeon may have to stitch the incision close if necessary.

 WHAT TO EXPECT:

This is one of our most common procedures. There are number of reasons for removing a tooth. 

*Jaw joint problems
*There are too much damage to the tooth to be repaired.
*Wisdom teeth removal
*To create room for other teeth (maybe when getting braces).

*Your baby teeth did not fall out.

 PRIOR TO YOUR SURGERY:

We will require a full medical and dental history also a list of all the medications you take and have allergies to.
An x-ray will be taken to review the best way to remove the necessary tooth.
Antibiotics may be given before or after surgery, depending on the surgery. But this will be discussed if necessary. 
 DAY OF SURGERY:

On the day of your scheduled surgery, the surgeon will numb the area around the affected tooth with local anesthetic. The necessary areas will be numb to make sure you have discomfort during your surgery.
You may feel pressure during the extraction process but this is common and nothing to worry about. The affected tooth is rocked back and forth to loosen it for removal. If you feel pain at any moment or for any reason, please notify your surgeon (lifting your hand to stop) so they can provide more numbing agent or local anesthetics.
 AFTER ORAL SURGERY:

The surgeon will ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze for 20 - 30 minutes. The pressure helps the blood to form a clot in the extraction site, this is a important part of the healing process. You should be careful to not dislodge the clot.

It's very common if you experience a small amount of bleeding within 24 hours of your surgery. The surgeon will also discuss post-op instructions with you but it is important to remember:

*Only take pain medication as prescribed or recommended by your surgeon. 

*Use an ice pack can reduce the swelling. For the first 24 hours it is standard for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

*After the swelling has gone down, a heat pack can be used for the pain. 

*Eat soft and cool foods at first for a few days.

*Be careful when eating, rather eat away from the extraction site.

*Do not use a straw or spit after your surgery. This can dislodge the blood clot.

*Avoid brushing the area for the first 24 hours.

*Do not use antiseptic or commercial mouth washes.

*Post-op rinse with luke warm salt water after every meal and before bedtime for the first 24 hours. (1/2 teaspoon salt = 1 cup luke warm water)


 HEALING:

The extraction site generally closes in about 2 weeks. Some cases can take up to 3 to 6 months for the bone and soft tissue to heal. 


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