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Tooth Extractions

If you ever find yourself needing a tooth or multiple teeth removed, our team at Chaney Dental would be happy to help! Tooth extractions are a fairly common dental service, and Dr. Chaney has years of experience providing quick and efficient restorative treatments like tooth extractions. To schedule a consultation with our team, please call our office or use our virtual contact form and someone will be in touch with you shortly!

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Why would a tooth extraction be necessary?

A tooth extraction is not a treatment option that is typically recommended if there are other less invasive treatment options available. There are a variety of reasons why a tooth extraction could be recommended in your treatment plan, including:

  • Too many teeth crowding each other in one area
  • An infection that is too deep for a root canals to treat
  • Tooth decay has damaged a tooth beyond repair
  • Stubborn baby teeth are blocking adult teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plan requires a tooth extraction

What can you eat after a dental extraction?

After a tooth extraction surgery, it’s important that you let the area heal and only eat soft foods that require very little to no chewing. Things like broth, cream of wheat, yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs are all good choices for post-tooth extraction meals. You will want to make sure that you don’t eat anything too hot or cold either, and avoid drinking anything through a straw while the affected area is healing, as the suction that is created in the mouth can cause a painful complication called a dry socket.

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Can you be sedated during a tooth extraction?

Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic will be used to completely numb the area around the tooth. You may feel some pressure during your treatment, but it should be a painless procedure. If you get nervous during dentist appointments or you are particularly worried about an upcoming tooth extraction surgery, Chaney Dental offers a variety of medication options that can help to relieve your anxiety and put you in a calm, relaxed state during your appointment. Just let our team know that you want dental sedation and we will be happy to oblige!

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How do I know if I need a dental extraction?

The only way to know for sure if you need a dental extraction is by having an experienced dental professional assess the situation and recommend a treatment plan. It may be the case that another restorative treatment like a root canal can resolve the issue. If you are worried about replacing an extracted tooth, Chaney Dental offers several excellent tooth-replacement options, including dental implants, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures. Our team would be happy to help you determine the best tooth-replacement option for your smile.

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When can I go back to work after having a tooth removed?

We always recommend that patients take at least the rest of the day off after having a tooth removed to rest and recover. If you have more than one tooth removed, it might be better to set aside two or three days to recover. Once you do return to your normal routine, it’s important to continue avoiding strenuous activities for the time being, as that can cause blood clots to come loose from the socket and disrupt the recovery process. We can offer specific advice as it relates to your treatment plan during your consultation with our team.

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Can I drive myself home after a dental extraction?

Patients can sometimes drive themselves home following a dental extraction procedure, depending on if they received dental sedation or not. Local anesthetic does not impair a patient’s ability to drive, but oral medications that are used to relieve dental anxiety can make it unsafe for patients to drive themselves home. If you don’t feel totally comfortable driving home after a treatment, you are always welcome and encouraged to wait in our lobby for a little while or arrange for someone to pick you up.