A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the gums, possibly the jawbone, that has decayed when food and bacteria interact to form plaque and tartar. The most common reason for an extraction is to remove decayed and infected teeth, fractured or broken teeth. The procedure may also be used when a tooth cannot erupt fully, to reduce dental crowding, or the risk of infection.
In many cases, implants can be placed at the same time of an extraction –further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. This is known as an immediate implant.
With an oral examination and panoramic x-rays of the mouth, Drs. Dachowski and Sock can evaluate the position of the teeth and predict if they are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Dachowski and Sock have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
In most cases, the removal of teeth is performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the possible surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, gauze is placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 215 938-7860.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.