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If your dentist broke the news to you that your tooth needs to be extracted, you may be anticipating the worst. Well, today we are going to put your mind at ease by giving you all the information you need to know about your tooth extraction appointment.

Did you know that a dentist who has had special training in tooth extraction or an oral surgeon will perform your tooth extraction? When you go in for your appointment, your dentist will inject a local anesthetic near the tooth that will be removed to numb the area, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. Depending on how many teeth you will be having removed or if the tooth is impacted the dentist will use a stronger anesthetic to prevent pain and make you sleep during the procedure.

In the procedure your dentist will use forceps to grasp the tooth to loosen it from the jaw bone that holds it in place. This is usually involves wiggling the tooth back and forth to loosen it away. After the tooth is removed, a blood clot will form in the socket where the tooth existed. This clot will prevent dry socket or infection.

Your dentist will then pack gauze on the site to help stop any bleeding. They may also placed a few self-dissolving stitches to help close the gums over the extraction site. Once your appointment is over, our team will send you home to recover. Recovery typically only takes a few days. We want you to have the best care when it comes to your tooth extraction, please give our office a call at 323-215-1400 today with any of your questions or concerns.