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Basics of Having a Tooth Extracted

Posted on 2/25/2019 by Barbara Ketchum
Basics of Having a Tooth ExtractedIf you are at a place where you find it necessary to have a tooth extracted, whether as a result of injury or decay, there are some options for you in the pain management department.

Having a tooth extracted is generally something we try to avoid at our office because it's best if you can maintain your oral health with all of your natural teeth. However, we do recognize that from time to time, an extraction cannot be avoided.

Pulling Teeth

Depending on how deep your tooth is rooted, how severe the decay or even if the tooth has split all the way to the root will depend on the type of extraction you may need. In some cases, it is as simple as numbing your gum tissue with an anesthetic and wiggling it back and forth before removing it from the socket. In more severe cases, the gum tissue itself may need to be cut to remove the tooth, or we may even have to remove part of the bone attached to the tooth. In these cases, more sedation is needed.

Types of Sedation

For minimal sedation, we may suggest nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This is combined with oxygen and you breathe it through your nose. It is very effective in helping you relax while we perform a simple extraction. We also may prescribe Valium for you to take before you come in, with this sedation; you need to be sure to have a ride to and from our office.

Heavier sedation is also available for the more intense extractions. These include IV sedation and even general anesthesia. These both will make you either almost or all the way unconscious during the procedure.

Whatever sedation you decide on for your procedure, we will work with you and monitor you closely during the entire visit. Please call us if you have any more questions or concerns regarding your extraction.
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