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What to Know about the Tooth Extraction Procedure

June 24, 2022
Posted By: Alpine Family Dentistry
woman sitting in dental chair after extraction in Eagle River

Our dental team always approaches dental care with the least invasive treatment in mind. A tooth extraction is the last resort to protect a person’s oral health from spreading infection, disease, and additional tooth loss. At Alpine Family Dentistry, we use leading-edge technology and methods for dental care services, such as tooth extractions, so they’re as painless as possible.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

A patient might need a tooth extraction for the following reasons:

  • Impacted tooth 
  • Wisdom tooth 
  • Trauma
  • Disease
  • Overcrowding in the mouth

Overcrowding and wisdom teeth don’t need replacements after the extraction procedure. However, we also provide patients with tooth replacement options to restore their smile’s function and aesthetics. 

What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction

First, your dentist makes sure you’re comfortable and relaxed. We offer sedation to calm any fear or anxiety and administer a local anesthetic to numb the mouth. Our dental team is very gentle and compassionate, and we will ensure you feel safe and pain-free throughout your procedure. 

Your dentist will remove the tooth using a simple or surgical extraction method, depending on your unique situation and anatomy. Once your dentist removes the tooth, a blood clot naturally forms in the socket. We pack the socket with gauze and ask you to bite down to reduce bleeding.

Your dentist may place a few self-dissolving stitches to seal the gums over the extraction site. Dry socket can occur if the blood clot loosens and exposes the bone, and your dentist will need to treat this promptly to protect the extraction site. 

Tooth Extraction Aftercare 

Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions for tooth extraction aftercare. Some instructions may include:

  • Keep the extraction site clean by gently rinsing with an antibacterial, alcohol-free mouthwash. 
  • Avoid brushing over the extraction site until your dentist says it’s safe. 
  • Avoid strenuous activity for the first 48–72 hours. 
  • Use an ice pack on the cheek over the extraction site. 
  • Avoid drinking with a straw that can irritate the extraction site. 
  • Take medications, such as pain relievers and antibiotics, as directed. 

Please contact us immediately if you experience persistent pain, bleeding, or swelling.

Gentle and Painless Tooth Extractions in Eagle River, AK 

Alpine Family Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care, including tooth extractions in Eagle River and Chugiak. Our skilled and experienced team is here to help you if you need a tooth extraction. Please get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation with our Eagle River dentist, Dr. Brett Kocherhans. 

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