Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- a crowded mouth
- risk of infection
- periodontal disease
In a simple extraction, Dr. Straka first injects a local anesthetic around the tooth so that you will feel no pain during the procedure. Then he loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Finally he removes the tooth with an instrument called forceps. If stitches are required, Dr. Straka usually uses the kind that will dissolve in a week or two.
Afterwards, Dr. Straka and his staff will send you home with complete instructions on how to take care of the extraction area. It is normal to feel some pain when the anesthesia wears off in a few hours. For 24 hours after having a tooth pulled, you may have some swelling or residual bleeding. However, if either bleeding or pain is still severe more than four hours after your tooth is pulled, please call our office.
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