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tooth extractions

Tooth extractions may be necessary if your tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, impacted, or to alleviate crowding prior to orthodontics. Dr. Strandburg is knowledgeable and experienced, and can remove the troublesome teeth without the need for a referral.

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Tooth Extraction Procedures

Dr. Strandburg uses two types of extraction methods: surgical or non-surgical. A surgical extraction is required if the tooth is extensively damaged or beneath the gum line. This involves either removing a minimal amount of bone around the tooth or possibly sectioning the tooth to extract it in smaller pieces. Sectioning a tooth may be used to preserve the bone surrounding the tooth when an implant is desired.

A non-surgical extraction, also called simple extraction, is used when your tooth can be extracted with slow, steady pressure and no removal of the bone is necessary.

Post-Operative Care

Both types of extraction methods require healing time. In order for your wound to heal, the body creates a blood clot in the socket. However, if a blood clot doesn’t form or is accidentally dislodged, dry socket may occur. Dry socket is a painful condition and should be treated with medication. Contact Dr. Strandburg immediately if you think you might have dry socket.

To prevent dry socket, pressure applied by biting on gauze should be performed for 30-45 minutes following an extraction. Avoid using a straw, vigorous rinsing, smoking, spitting, or exercising for a few days. Dry socket usually occurs within the first two to three days after your tooth extraction. Roughly four to five days after your procedure, your chances of dry socket are slim to none.

Maintaining Dental Health

Of course, preventing damage that leads to tooth extraction is preferable and can be accomplished by:

  • Avoid ripping items with your teeth (bottle caps, tags, tape, etc.)
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  • Brush your teeth twice per day or after every meal
  • Floss before you go to sleep
  • Use an occlusal guard if you grind your teeth
  • Visit the dentist two times a year for regular checkups

Call us at 478-287-2179 for your dental needs.