Procedures

Tooth Extractions

At some point in time, you may need a tooth removed, whether it’s a healthy baby tooth that won’t let go or a necessary wisdom teeth removal. No matter the reason, we will make sure your tooth extraction is as easy and painless as possible. Be sure to follow our guidelines for properly managing oral care after having a tooth extraction performed. We wouldn’t wish dry socket on anyone that steps through our doors.

Getting a Tooth Pulled

Impacted teeth, decayed teeth, and broken teeth may need to be removed. Before an extraction, our dentists will apply a local anaesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth. Since patients who are getting an extraction are no stranger to tooth pain, our dentists will check to make sure your gum tissue is numb before beginning the procedure.

After you are numb, your dentist will loosen the tooth, remove it, and disinfect the site. You will be asked to apply gauze to the area for 30 minutes afterward. This will ensure that a blood clot forms over the socket where the pulled tooth once was. 

Tooth Extraction Care

In the first days following a tooth extraction, you may experience soreness in your jaw and gums. You should be careful when eating and brushing within 24 hours of the procedure. Avoid hard, crunchy foods, gum, and drinking from straws. You can brush your other teeth normally, but do not brush the healing socket immediately after the procedure. If you need to rinse the area, do so gingerly with warm saltwater.

Dry Socket

Disturbing the area while it’s healing can cost you big time. If a blood clot never forms, you may get dry socket. When this happens, the bone and nerves underneath your gums are exposed. Dry socket is painful but not common. Only 3 to 4% of patients who have teeth removed get dry socket.

If you experience any extreme symptoms from your tooth extraction, such as excessive bleeding or no relief from over the counter pain medicine, don’t hesitate to contact our Springfield, MO office. At Ukena Kufahl Family Dental, tooth extractions don’t have to be painful or scary. Our team will provide you with the utmost care so that you can be back to normal in no time.

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