Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
The vast majority of extractions can be done here at our office – including third molars (“wisdom teeth”). Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.
After evaluation, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon if that is your preference or if the degree of difficulty calls for it.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, which can be minimized with mediation and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.
If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.