Extractions

Allison Clark, DMD

General Dentistry located in New Lebanon, OH

Deep infections, overcrowding, gum disease, injury, and impaction are just some of the reasons why Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio performs extractions. If you or a loved one needs teeth removed, call or make an appointment online today to discuss your extraction options.

Extractions Q & A

Why do I need an extraction?

Dr. Clark performs tooth extractions, the removal of your tooth from its socket in the bone, for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Teeth with breakage or damaged beyond repair
  • Teeth that block other teeth from coming in
  • Cancer treatments including radiation to the head and neck
  • Organ transplant drugs often lead to a high risk of infection

The most common teeth removed by Dr. Clark are wisdom teeth. Also called third molars, these teeth require extraction due to decay, pain, and inability to come in on their own.

How are extractions done?

When you see Dr. Clark for extraction, the usual procedure begins with a review of your medical and dental history. From there, she takes an X-ray to help her anticipate possible complications and allow her to assess the position of the tooth needing extraction and its roots, along with the condition of the surrounding bone.

Most tooth extractions only require local anesthesia, but additional sedatives help ease anxiety and often become necessary if Dr. Clark schedules several extractions at once or for anticipated complications.

During the extraction process, Dr. Clark takes steps to ensure the bone surrounding your tooth isn't damaged and helps to preserve bone volume, which becomes particularly important when dental implant placement follows the extraction.

What happens after an extraction?

After Dr. Clark completes your extraction, your mouth remains numb for a few hours. Be careful not to bite the numbed area and don’t eat food that requires chewing.

Upon completion of your extraction, Dr. Clark places a gauze pack on your extraction site to limit bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot. It’s best to leave the gauze in place for up to 45 minutes after your extraction. Try not to chew on the gauze or disturb the extraction site with your tongue.

How do I care for my extractions?

Avoid vigorous rinsing and drinking through a straw for 24 hours after the extraction, because these activities could loosen the clot and delay healing. It’s also a good idea to limit strenuous exercise immediately following your extraction to help reduce bleeding and ensure blood clot formation.

When brushing and flossing in the day or two after extraction, avoid the teeth next to the healing tooth socket and eat only soft, nutritious food. To remove food particles from the extraction site, gently rinse with warm salt water.

Take all medication for pain and infection as directed and apply ice to reduce swelling. Call Dr. Clark immediately if you experience:

  • Fever, nausea, or vomiting
  • Ongoing severe swelling, bleeding
  • Pain that gets worse instead of better

Dr. Clark takes the time to explain the aftercare instructions and answer your questions. If you need a tooth extraction, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio.