Extractions

The truth behind tooth removal - it can be pain-free.

The Process of Tooth Removal

Quick, gentle, and necessary.
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At Atlanta Place Dentistry, we are determined to save your tooth. However, there are times when this may not be possible due to:

  • Severe decay

  • Advanced periodontal disease

  • Severely damaged or broken tooth

  • Poor positioning in the mouth

  • Preparing for orthodontic treatment

During the removal process, Dr. Jelsing begins by explaining the procedure. She then uses a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. If you are nervous after this treatment, we will offer you sedation dentistry to help you relax or even sleep through the extraction. You will feel zero pain during this procedure.

Once you are comfortable, we widen your socket by firmly rocking the tooth. Dr. Jelsing then swiftly removes the tooth and asks you to bite down on a gauze pack to protect the area. She then explains your restorative options.

Extraction: After Care

So your tooth is out, what now?
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Care

Avoid disturbing the area immediately after extraction. In fact, we only recommend light brushing but DO NOT brush the area of the extracted tooth. Also, no smoking for 48 hours and avoid rinsing the area with liquid.

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Monitoring

A small amount of bleeding overnight is perfectly normal and can be controlled using a fresh gauze, which we can provide. If this happens, simply bite down on the gauze for 30-40 minutes. Should you experience more severe or non-stop bleeding then please call the office.

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Diet

Firstly, DO NOT eat on the side where you received surgery. Only, eat nourishing food that can be chewed easily and avoid extremely hot food. Avoid straws and small foods (nuts, seeds, etc) that could become lodged. We recommend soups, yoghurts, and eggs.

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Hygiene

Maintaining your usual hygiene routine is important, however, please avoid the surgical site for 72 hours. After this time, dip a cotton-tipped applicator into a rinse solution and gently clean the affected area. We’ll provide more information during your follow-up appointment, one week after surgery.

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Dry Socket

Dry socket can occur if a blood clot fails to form in the socket where your tooth was extracted. The most common symptoms of this include a dull pain, a dry tooth socket, a bad taste in your mouth, or bad breath. If this happens, Dr. Jelsing will apply a medicated dressing to stop the pain.

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Healing

The typical healing time after an extraction is between 7-14 days. This allows time for the jawbone and gums to repair themselves and return to normal. Dr. Jelsing will review your restorative options during your follow-up visit and check the healing process.

Great clean facility and Dr.Pricsila cares for her patients like family!

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Your Replacement Options

We can restore your smile after an extraction.

Dental Implants

Biocompatible artificial tooth roots to permanently restore your smile.

Dental Bridges

Custom-made dental restorations to replace your missing tooth.

Protecting Your Overall Health

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Your Restorative Options

Replenish Your Smile