When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted. This usually happens when a tooth has a severe infection or very deep cavity. Teeth extremely damaged due to this decay, fracture or infection require their removal. Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to state-of-the-art anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding. Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.
If you believe you are in need of an extraction, contact our office at (919) 322-0390 to schedule a consultation.