Tooth Extraction

Low Cost tooth Extraction in Phoenix AZ

You and Dr. Ingersoll may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are “pulled” because they are severely decayed. Others may have advanced periodontal disease or are broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, Dr. Ingersoll will discuss alternatives for replacement of the extracted tooth with you in our Phoenix office. Patients may have removable appliances (flipper or partial dentures), cemented appliances (bridge) or dental implants and crowns. Routinely bone will shrink soon after the removal of a tooth and continue to do so with time. Those patients wanting a dental implant may benefit from grafting bone in the extraction site at the time of the removal of the tooth to minimize any shrinking that may interfere with implant placement.

Call us at Phoenix Office Phone Number (602) 953-1744 for a tooth extraction appointment or consultation. 

The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. Some conditions such as infection and anxiety will make even this sensation difficult. Sedation is a powerful tool to assist patients in these circumstances.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction, please let us know right away.

Sectioning A Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

Phoenix Tooth Extraction After Care

Bleeding

Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 30 minutes can control this.

Blood Clots That Form In The Empty Socket

This is an important part of the healing process and you must be careful not to dislodge the clot.

  • Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
  • Avoid suction in your mouth such as using a straw or smoking. Smoking can also delay healing.
  • Avoid drinking hot liquids for the first day.

Swelling

Some procedures will cause swelling. Our staff will advise you if you would benefit from placing a cold pack on your face to control this. If swelling occurs, you can place ice on your face for 20 minutes and off for 10 minutes. Repeat this cycle as you feel necessary for up to 24 hours.

Pain & Medications

We commonly recommend taking over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen prior to the numbness from the local anesthetic wearing off. Repeat this according to the guidelines of that medication and your health history. Some patients will require narcotic pain medication to be comfortable. We will prescribe this mediation for you at the time of the procedure.

Eating

For most extractions, make sure you do your chewing away from the extraction site. Stay away from hot liquids for 24 hours. A cool, soft diet may be recommended for 24 hours.

Brushing & Cleaning

After the extraction, avoid brushing the teeth near the extraction site for one day. After that you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses for the first week, as they tend to irritate the extraction site.

Beginning 24 hours after the extraction, you can rinse with salt water (one teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water) after meals and before bed.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is when the healing of the extraction site is delayed. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain that usually doesn’t appear until three to four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry socket may cause a bad taste or bad breath. Following the postoperative extraction instructions will reduce the chances of developing dry socket. This will usually resolve over time, however our office can provide an opportunity for comfort by applying a medicated dressing to the dry socket to soothe the pain.

Healing

After a tooth has been extracted there will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. This process can take many weeks or months. However after 1- 2 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience.

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