Dr. Jason Petkevis performs most tooth extractions in the convenience of our Chester Springs dental office. When necessary, we refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for tooth extractions. There are a number of reasons for a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of tooth extractions, other reasons might include teeth that are broken, severely damaged, or affected by decay or disease.
As a highly trained restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Petkevis offers a range of natural looking replacement options for teeth extracted from the smile zone.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth often emerge during in the late teen-age years to early twenties. Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, typically lack adequate space in the jaw to erupt properly and are therefore removed to prevent them from becoming impacted or causing damage to the other teeth. There is often pain associated with the wisdom teeth emerging and the tooth extraction can alleviate that pain.
Tooth Extraction Overview
A tooth extraction is a fairly simple procedure. First, the dentist will numb the area to minimize discomfort. After the tooth is extracted, the socket will be packed with gauze, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. The gauze should remain in the socket for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Please note: if you experience nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding, contact our office immediately.
To promote proper healing, avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket. A cold cloth or ice bag may help with any pain or swelling. Pain medication will be prescribed by your dentist if needed. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally, however, take care to avoid the teeth next to the tooth socket.
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a condition that sometimes develops after a tooth is extracted. To avoid dry socket, you should refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or vigorous rinsing for at least 24 hours.
Dry socket can be painful and delay healing times. If you are experiencing dry socket or pain at the extraction site, contact our office as soon as possible.