Tooth extraction is the professional terminology for the act of pulling a tooth. During the straightforward procedure, the tooth is removed from the socket in the alveolar bone. The procedure is a last resort for a damaged tooth that cannot be restored to good health. Teeth that have to be extracted are usually damaged from tooth decay, periodontal disease or trauma. Other times a tooth must be extracted because the incoming tooth is impacted and unable to grow normally. Wisdom teeth are a great example of this cause.
The procedure itself is performed quickly while the individual is awake by utilizing local anesthetic to eliminate pain and/or discomfort. Once the damaged tooth is removed, Dr. Hinze will give you a list of instructions to care for tooth socket. Here are a few pointers…
- Do not touch the area with your fingers.
- Do not irritate the area with your tongue.
- Avoid vigorous rinsing of the mouth.
- Avoid using straws to drink liquids.
- No smoking for 24 hours.
If you’re experiencing any dental discomfort, do not hesitate to call (308) 995-5331 today to schedule your personal appointment.