Do I need an extraction?

A: A dental extraction may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including:

  • A failed root canal
  • A tooth that has died because of infection
  • Teeth that are positioned in such a way that they are compromising the health of other teeth
  • Preparation for dentures
  • Preparation for orthodontic care
If you think any of the above may be true with you, please click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clyde.

Will my extraction hurt?

A: Dr. Clyde takes the appropriate steps to make sure that you are completely comfortable throughout your procedure, and we’ll provide you with the advice you need to stay comfortable at home and promote healing.

Before the extraction begins, you will be numbed so that you don’t feel anything. We can also provide nitrous oxide to reduce anxiety and further dampen sensation. The procedure is usually over quickly.

What should I do following an extraction?

A: Proper self-care following an extraction will help avoid complications and allow for faster healing. The length of your healing period will depend on the complexity of your extraction as well as your current state of health.

Dr. Clyde will provide you with a check list of self-care directions, but some of the basics you’ll want to prepare for include:

  • For the first day, it will be helpful to have a friend or family member who can assist you since you might feel groggy from the medication.
  • Stock your fridge and pantry with soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, ice cream, applesauce, and cool soups.
  • Don’t drink through a straw. The pull it creates can dislodge the blood clot that is necessary for healing. When you dislodge the clot, you increase your chances of developing a painful condition known as “dry socket.”
  • Don’t smoke. The pulling action of smoking can also lead to dry socket, and smoking increases your healing time and also your risk of developing an infection.
  • Don’t rinse the first day, but on the second day, you can use a salt water rinse to disinfect and reduce discomfort.
  • If Dr. Clyde has prescribed medications, make sure to take these exactly as directed.

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