Tooth Removal & Tooth Extraction
Tooth removal and extractions are sort of the last choice that we want to make for a patient. That's typically only done when it is an absolute hopeless case. When a patient presents with a fractured tooth we remove those teeth as atraumatically as possible. That relates to the surrounding bone structure, because we want to preserve as much of the healthy bone as possible because that will be the foundation for something in the future potentially, such as an implant.
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also the most likely to require extraction, due to any of several complications. However, other teeth may also require extraction if they cannot be saved by root canal
therapy or other treatment. Some of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted
Dr. Morton may recommend extraction of one or more of your teeth if any of these issues apply to you. During your consultation, we may also recommend sedation dentistry to make your experience more comfortable.
After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.
We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice pack as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.
For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.