The idea of removing a permanent tooth can be daunting and our staff is sensitive to the psychological anguish the situation can present. However, sometimes the extraction of a tooth is necessary due to decay or damage from an external source. Our staff is experienced in tooth extraction and makes the process as painless and easy as possible. Before the procedure, you will receive anesthesia that will numb the tooth and surrounding area. Next the dentist will carefully remove the tooth from your jaw, leaving a socket, where your tooth was, that will eventually heal. It’s normal to experience some bleeding, irritation and minor pain after your tooth has been pulled and our staff will provide medication should you find the pain unmanageable. We will also provide you with detailed aftercare instructions on how to eat and clean the area around the extracted tooth. You should also plan ahead and clear your work, school and/or and social schedules as much as possible as you should expect to limit activity for at least two days. It will take about three to four weeks for the gums and bone around the pulled tooth to heal. You may wish to hope a socket aft placed after the extraction to speed the healing, diminish post extraction pain, and preserve jaw bone. Ask one of our staff if you are interested in this optional procedure.
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