If we are not able to save a tooth through any of the methods we have at hand, it may be necessary to have a tooth extracted. While this can be a stressful time for the patient, the staff at Shull Family Dentistry is here to make this process as comfortable and stress free as possible.
Dr. Shull has extensive experience with removal of decayed, broken, or infected teeth. We have a number of sedation options available to patients who have anxiety about the process. Oral sedation and nitrous (laughing gas) are available to patients who are medically able to have such methods used.
To Graft the Bone or Not?
While not necessary after an extraction, Dr. Shull recommends a bone graft for almost every tooth pulled. After a usual extraction, as your bone heals, it undergoes a degree of reduction which can lead to gum recession of surrounding teeth, defects in the healed bone, and inadequate bone to place an implant in at a later date.
Sterile graft material is packed into the area where the tooth roots once were and a membrane is placed over. The surgical area is then closed with stitches. Dr. Shull prefers to leave these stitches in place for 2 weeks, but will always follow up with surgical patients after one week.
Post extraction care
Once the tooth is taken out, infection removed, and whether a bone graft is done or not, the patient enters a critical time for healing. At this time is it up to the patient to continue to maintain good hygiene to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth and allow for faster healing. All patients are given strict guidelines to follow to prevent from developing dry socket or infection in the extraction site.
As always, if you have any questions about the process of getting a tooth extracted, or are in need of one, the staff at Shull Family Dentistry is available to answer all your concerns. Give us a call at 503-362-5019.