At Jack Vayner, DDS, it is our top priority to help you preserve the health and beauty of your natural teeth; however, when a tooth is damaged beyond repair, extraction becomes necessary to avoid further oral problems. A tooth extraction may need to be done for several reasons, such as:
The process of a tooth extraction starts with an X-Ray to evaluate the position of the tooth and the best way to extract it. Local anesthesia is administered so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Using dental instruments, the tooth is carefully loosened from its socket in the jawbone. You may feel some pressure at the site while this is being done. Sometimes, a tooth may have to be extracted in pieces. Once the tooth extractions have been completed, the area is cleaned, and a gauze pad is placed at the extraction site to control bleeding.
It is important to keep the site clean to prevent infection. You may feel some pain after the effects of anesthesia wear off. We will prescribe painkillers to control pain if necessary. You may use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek if you experience swelling. Stick to eating soft, cold foods. Avoid smoking, drinking and using a straw. Have additional questions about our tooth extractions? Let us know! We’d be happy to answer them.
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