Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental surgical specialists in the removal of teeth. Unfortunately, when teeth are damaged due to large caries, extensive periodontal disease, tooth fractures, or various other reasons, the only real option is removal of the teeth. We offer various forms of anesthesia, in addition to local anesthesia, to minimize the anxiety of the procedure.
Overview of the Procedure
Dr. Harris will speak to you about the options for replacing any teeth that need to be removed. Fortunately, dental implants offer a reliable way of replacing a tooth. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Harris can discuss this option with you and explain the techniques we utilize to augment or preserve the bone for a future dental implant.
What to Expect
On occasion, dental extractions are performed using local anesthesia in order to minimize pain. The teeth are worked out of the jaw through gentle back and forth movements, instead of being “pulled.” These movements may cause you to feel some pressure in your jaw area. Depending on the state of the teeth, they may need to be divided and removed one part at a time. With bone removal, IV sedation (“twilight sleep”) or general anesthesia may be needed due to difficult procedures or patient anxiety.
Be sure to use gauze to minimize bleeding. Avoid rinsing and spitting in the first 24 hours after dental extraction. Flossing and brushing should be done carefully to avoid irritation of the extraction site. You may be assigned a special diet to follow for immediately after the extraction. Do not use a straw for up to seven days postoperatively. You may experience some pain and swelling for a few days, but this can be managed with medication and ice compresses. Avoid smoking as well for seven days post-op to avoid a painful “dry socket”.
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