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Sikora Family Dentistry

23755 Lorain Road

North Olmsted, OH 44070

440-779-8730

info@drsikora.com


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Monday 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 7 am - noon
Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday* 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
* One Saturday per month

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What To Expect During Tooth Extractions

woman having tooth removed

Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. At Sikora Family Dentistry in North Olmsted, Ohio, we understand you may have anxiety about seeing a dentist, especially when you’re having one or more teeth removed. Drs. William and Christine Sikora have over 28 years of experience and offer compassionate, patient-focused treatment. Your comfort is one of our biggest concerns, so we do everything to ensure your tooth extraction is a positive experience that’s as pain-free as possible.

Why You Might Need Extraction

While your permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are numerous reasons you might need a tooth extraction. We commonly recommend extracting broken or severely decayed teeth that can’t be restored, but other reasons for tooth extraction include:

It's also common to need your wisdom teeth extracted, which may be done before or after they come in and typically includes all four being removed at once. We refer you to a qualified oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal.

Tooth Extraction Procedures

Tooth extraction is a relatively quick outpatient procedure typically performed under local or general anesthesia. Removing visible teeth requires a simple extraction in which your dentist loosens the tooth then removes.

If your tooth is broken off at or below the gum line or impacted (stuck in gum tissue or bone), you’ll need a more complex surgical extraction. This procedure requires an oral surgeon to make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the tooth.

Recovery Process

Following the extraction of your tooth, a blood clot usually forms in the socket, which is packed with gauze that you’ll bite down on to stop the bleeding. It normally takes a few days to recover following a tooth extraction, and you should limit your activity for a day or two. Avoid drinking from a straw, rinsing or spitting forcefully and smoking, and only eat soft foods until you’ve healed. Take prescribed or over-the-counter painkillers as directed. Continue brushing and flossing, but avoid the extraction site.

Put Your Teeth In Our Compassionate Care

The initial healing period shouldn’t take more than two weeks. If pain doesn’t go away after a few days or you notice signs of infection, including fever, pain or drainage from the extraction site, see your dentist right away. Contact us at 440-779-8730 to discuss your tooth extraction needs or submit an appointment request online today.