A tooth extraction is a procedure in which a significantly damaged or decayed tooth is entirely removed from its socket. Dr. Ferguson may suggest this procedure to prevent harm to neighboring teeth when dental decay cannot be resolved with fillings or crowns.
Typically, tooth extraction is carried out under local anesthesia to ensure maximum comfort throughout the process. More sedation options can be discussed for enhanced comfort during the procedure.
At Black Point Dental in Honolulu, HI, our experienced staff prioritizes restorative treatments to preserve your natural teeth before considering tooth extraction. If the decay is too severe, Dr. Ferguson will discuss tooth replacement options with you once the extraction is completed.
Dr. Ferguson always aims to preserve natural teeth from dental decay using restorative methods like fillings, root canals, and crowns. However, if these treatments prove insufficient, tooth extraction may become necessary.
This procedure can address various dental conditions, including:
Preparing for a Tooth Extraction
Dr. Ferguson will discuss available restorative methods during your consultation before deciding on tooth extraction. After reviewing your medical history and condition, he will assess the state of your teeth and gums, focusing on the tooth that needs extraction.
During a Tooth Extraction
Dr. Ferguson will administer a local anesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding gums at your tooth extraction appointment. Once the anesthesia takes effect, he will apply pressure to the tooth, loosening it and its attachment to your jaw.
Most patients only experience pressure during a tooth extraction. Dr. Ferguson may use stitches to close the empty socket depending on the tooth removed.
After a Tooth Extraction
Following the tooth extraction, Dr. Ferguson will apply a small gauze pad to help slow and stop the bleeding in the area. Patients can return home once the bleeding has ceased.
Dr. Ferguson will provide you with post-treatment guidelines to help you avoid complications.
Tooth extractions are generally not considered painful, as most patients only experience a sensation of pressure during the procedure, thanks to the use of anesthesia.
In certain cases, complete sedation may be necessary. Discuss sedation dentistry options with Dr. Ferguson at Black Point Dental.
Once the effects of anesthesia subside, some pain might be experienced. Dr. Ferguson can prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort.
Patients can return home once any bleeding that occurs post-procedure has ceased. Typically, the bleeding stops within a few minutes. Dr. Ferguson advises against consuming hot or cold beverages and recommends resting until the anesthesia wears off.
Soreness may be felt as the sedation effects diminish. Swelling and discomfort are normal and should decrease within a couple of days. Depending on your situation, Dr. Ferguson might prescribe painkillers.
To minimize discomfort after the procedure, we suggest the following:
- Refrain from engaging in strenuous activities for three days
- Take the prescribed pain medication
- Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling
- Avoid hot or cold beverages
- Steer clear of spicy and irritating foods
- Consume soft, cold food items like yogurt and smoothies
- Refrain from touching the affected area
It is typical to experience bleeding, swelling, and bruising after the procedure. These symptoms should begin to fade after the initial two days. Contact your dentist immediately if you encounter unusually severe discomfort or signs of infection.
Patients who undergo tooth extractions are often advised to consider restorative dentistry options to fill the gaps. Restorative dentistry aims to restore a damaged tooth’s function while emphasizing aesthetics. Some treatment options include:
Black Point Dental provides tooth extraction procedures to assist patients with dental decay issues that cannot be resolved through fillings or crown attachments.
Dr. Patrick Ferguson and the team at Black Point Dental can address all your dental needs. He is an active participant in the Hawaii Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Board of Oral Implantology.
We offer a wide range of dental services, including oral surgery treatment. For more information, call us at (808) 955-5922 or request an appointment online. You can also visit our dental practice in Honolulu, HI.