Tooth Extraction – St. Peters, MO
A Required Step for a Healthier Smile
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
After anesthetizing the site, Dr. Cayo makes an incision in your gums in order to remove the tooth. Forceps are used when possible, but sometimes a wisdom tooth must be sectioned for removal.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
Some patients need to have several teeth removed at one time. The reason may be genetics, severe decay or traumatic injury. In this case, Dr. Cayo will go over the procedure at the time of your appointment, and she will tell you about replacement options to rebuild your smile.
Extraction Site Preservation
A dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth. However, once your tooth is extracted, the bone tissue may begin to weaken, and this can affect your jaw’s ability to anchor an implant. To prevent this there is extraction site preservation. A grafting material is used to fortify the bone around your missing tooth. In this way, the jaw will have the needed bone volume to support a dental implant.
After tooth extraction, there are specific instructions that you will need to follow in order to keep the site clean and promote healing. These include:
- Bite gently but firmly on a gauze pad, so bleeding slows and a blood clot forms at the extraction site
- Rest and limit activity for a day or two after extraction
- Eat soft foods and chew on the side of your mouth that did not have extractions
- Take painkillers on time to stay ahead of discomfort
- Use an icepack—20 minutes on, 20 minutes off—to reduce swelling
- Don’t drink from a straw, because suction could dislodge blood clots
- Maintain oral hygiene, but don’t brush around the extraction site
- If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office