Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction, also known as pulling teeth, may be necessary if the tooth is badly damaged. While dentists usually prefer to save the tooth, this isn’t always possible.

When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Patients may need to have a tooth pulled in one of the following scenarios:

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

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Dr. Brannon begins by numbing the area. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need general anesthesia, which will cause you to sleep through the procedure.

In the case of impaction (the tooth cannot break through the gum), the doctor first removes gum and bone tissue. This gives him access to the tooth.

A blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth was. Dr. Brannon packs the area with gauze to staunch blood flow. He may also need to close the area with self-dissolving stitches.

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

Recovery usually takes two to three days. Dr. Brannon sends you home with complete instructions. Follow them exactly to ensure best results. Examples of aftercare include:

All of these help protect the blood clot at the extraction site and prevent infection. If the blood clot breaks loose, it may expose the bone (known as dry socket). If this happens, call Dr. Brannon as soon as possible. He’ll apply a dressing to protect the area until a new clot forms.

To schedule your Tooth Extractions, call Brannon Smiles today.