Extractions

EXTRACTIONS

Tooth extractions can cause a lot of anxiety and distress for the patient.
Dr. Kang will do everything in his power to make this procedure as comfortable as possible for you.

Teeth may need to be extracted if they are broken or damaged by decay, have severe periodontal disease, or if there needs to be room for orthodontic treatment. Tooth extraction commonly is performed with local anesthesia to numb the tooth and adjacent gums and jaw. You will feel lots of pressure during the process but with minimal discomfort. Extraction sites may or may not require one or more stitches to close the incision.

After the tooth extraction it is important bite on gauze for 30 to 45 minutes or until the bleeding stops. It may be necessary to switch out the gauze multiple times before the clot forms. Cold compresses applied to the outside of the cheek will help with post-operative swelling and discomfort for the first 24 hours. It is strongly discouraged to smoke, drink from or straw, or vigorously rinse for 72 hours from the extraction to prevent dislodgement of the blood clot.

Pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed. Please take them as directed. Please return to normal oral hygiene within 24 hours after extractions and call the office with any questions or concerns.

You will be given complete post-operative instructions at the time of your appointment. Dr. Kang and his staff will review all the information and answer any questions you may have.

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