A number of conditions may require oral surgery.

These include the removal of unwanted and impacted teeth, setting an implant, lesion removal, cleft palate repair, and sleep apnea procedures to remove excess tissue. Oral surgery can be a painless process especially with modern technology.

Extraction Process

Local anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area. Pressure, but no pain, is felt during the extraction, which is caused by firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. Sometimes it is necessary for the tooth to come out in a few pieces. The dentist will use a dental hand piece to section the tooth.

Tooth extractions are the most common reason for oral surgery for the following reasons:

  • Severe Tooth Decay
  • Advanced Periodontal Disease
  • Cracked or Broken Teeth
  • Impaction
  • Orthodontic Reasons

If you experience pain, you might use non-prescription pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Dry socket is when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged and the healing is significantly delayed. Following the post extraction instructions will reduce the chances of developing a dry socket. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain that doesn’t appear until three to four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry socket may cause a bad taste or bad breath and the extraction site appears dry. Dr. Herro or Dr. Santoro will apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket to soothe the pain.

  • Some bleeding is normal and expected. A blood clot forms in the tooth socket. It is important that this clot is not dislodged.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
  • Avoid use of a straw, smoking or drinking hot liquids.

If swelling occurs, you can place ice on your face for 10 minutes and off for 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle as you feel necessary for up to 24 hours.

After a tooth has been extracted, there will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. This process can take many weeks or months. However after 1- 2 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience.

If you have any oral surgery needs, contact Dental on Central today to schedule an appointment.