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Oct
23

Tooth Extractions

Occasionally it is necessary for dentists to remove a tooth, which is severely damaged as a result of decay, trauma or an infection.  Sometimes despite several dental procedures to attempt to save a tooth, it is in the best interests of the patient to go ahead and remove the tooth.  In addition, sometimes it is necessary for a child to have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted as a part of orthodontic treatment.  While the thought of having a tooth extracted in not a pleasant thought for most people, a skilled dentist and their support staff will be able to make the process as relaxing and comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

During the initial consultation, the dentist will help the patient understand why the extraction is necessary and will be glad to answer any questions that the patient may have, including follow up restorative options.  Many patients find that knowing about how the teeth extractions procedure will occur actually helps ease the fear, while others want to know nothing about the procedure except when will it be over!  Depending upon the patient’s anxiety, the dentist may discuss sedation during the procedure as well.  Sedation is where the patient is given a series of drugs that puts them completely as ease where they drift into sleep during the procedure, however the patient continues to breath on their own.

In some cases, the dentist will be able to perform the extraction on the same day, while in other cases the extraction will be scheduled on another day.  Prior to the extraction occurring, the dentist will make sure that the patient will be free of any discomfort by utilizing a series on injections or a combination of injections and sedation.  The actual extraction is quick and will be over with before you know it.  The dentist will be sure to provide the patient with any pain medication that may be necessary after the procedure and will schedule a follow up visit to monitor the healing process.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel

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