At Pompano Family Dental, we aim to preserve the health and beauty of your natural teeth for as long as possible. However, an extraction becomes the only possible course of dental treatment in some cases. Teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons such as decay, trauma, impaction, damage, crowding, in preparation for orthodontic treatment, etc.
The Tooth Extraction Process
The first step in a tooth extraction is to take an X-Ray of the tooth to assess the condition of the jawbone around it and the position of the roots. This will help us determine the best strategy to extract it. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the extraction site and help eliminate the sensation of pain during the procedure. Sedatives may be used for patients suffering from dental anxiety. We may administer oral sedation or nitrous oxide sedation, depending upon the intensity of the procedure and the level of anxiety the patient suffers from. The tooth is then carefully removed from its socket. Once the tooth is out, the extraction site is cleaned and flushed. Bone grafts may be placed in the jawbone surrounding the tooth immediately after extracting if the patient is considering getting tooth replacement using dental implants and does not have enough bone density to support an implant. A gauze pad is placed over the site to control bleeding.
It's normal to experience some mild to moderate post-operative discomfort and/or swelling. We may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin and antibiotics to ensure proper healing and prevention of infection. Stick to eating soft, cold foods for a few days after surgery and use an ice pack over the outer cheek to control swelling. Within a few days, all should be back to normal.
For more information about tooth extraction procedures, please call our office at (954) 526-1927.