may need to be removed for a number of reasons, usually due
to extensive decay, ‘gum’ disease, or trauma resulting
in painful, abscessed, and/or loose teeth. In most non-emergency
situations involving one or several teeth, we will evaluate
and treat you during the same visit provided we use local
anesthesia (often referred to as ‘novocain’).
If your dentist has recently taken x-rays which show all of
the teeth in question, please bring them with you to your
appointment or verify that they have been sent and received.
Click here for information on what
to expect on your first office visit.
Most patients prefer not to return to work on the day a tooth is
extracted usually because of minor post-extraction bleeding and
discomfort. We will provide you with post-operative instructions,
extra gauze, and a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics
(if indicated) after your treatment is complete. Click here for
our Post-operative instructions. You can
expect mild to moderate discomfort for a few days following the
extraction. There may be some swelling, stretching of your lip,
or bruising. In general, you should start to feel better after 2-3
days. If you do not, please let us know.
you prefer to be sedated or ‘go to sleep’, a preoperative
appointment to evaluate you and discuss anesthesia options is mandatory.
This allows us to have the opportunity to review your medical history,
determine what procedure(s) are needed, and otherwise prepare you
for your procedure.
your medical history is complex and you are taking a number of prescribed
medications, we may need to discuss your dental treatment with your
physician before we can treat you. Please bring a list of all medications
you are currently taking with you to your first appointment.