Here at Carrollwood Smiles, we perform a procedure called an “extraction”. An extraction is a very simple procedure that involves the removal of a tooth. This procedure can be necessary for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, a certain tooth may have been damaged far too much from decay or an injury of some kind, and the tooth can no longer be repaired. Other times, a tooth may need to be removed in order to prevent overcrowding a mouth that simply has too many teeth for any proper dental and orthodontic procedures to take place. Infection is another reason why a tooth may need to be pulled. In the center of each of your teeth, there are various nerves and blood vessels. If an infection spreads to those areas of your teeth, then your tooth will get infected, and root canal therapy or antibiotics must be used. However, this doesn’t always work, and if that’s the case, then the tooth must be pulled.
Our dentist in Carrollwood is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for each and every oral health procedure. During the extraction process, we make sure to use a safe anesthetic to numb any and all pain that you might feel during this process. This ensures that the procedure will be safe and painless, allowing for your immediate recovery.
When your tooth has been extracted, a blood clot will form in the socket of your tooth. This is completely normal and your dentist will place a gauze pad to help stop some of the bleeding. When you leave Carrollwood Smiles, there are a few things you shouldn’t do because they will disturb the blood clot. Smoke. Drink alcohol. Rinse your mouth in a vigorous manner. Perform strenuous activity.
Occasionally, the blood clot doesn’t fully form and ends up breaking down. This is known as a “dry socket” and it’s very painful. If this happens, make sure to report it to us as soon as possible and we will put a dressing into the socket in order to reduce the pain of the dry socket.
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