Our goal is to save all your teeth because there is no replacement for your original teeth. However, some teeth cannot be saved due to decay or fracture. These teeth must be extracted, and we strive to make it as painless as possible. We make sure the area surrounding the tooth is deeply anesthetized before we begin. Dental anesthetic is used remove the stimulus of any sharp pain. You will feel pressure in your mouth but nothing sharp.
You may hear sounds like cracking or popping as the tooth is loosened from the surrounding bone. We try to make extractions as painless and noninvasive as possible. In most cases, our patients go back to work the next day, using only over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. Occasionally there may be some swelling, and you can visit our aftercare instructions page to learn more. Once teeth are extracted and the area has healed, our office will give you options to replace those teeth with dental implants or bridges. This helps to avoid future problems of teeth shifting and damage to your bite.