Santa Fe and Los Alamos, NM – Here’s What to Expect With Tooth Extraction
Alpine Laser Dental performs tooth extractions in Santa Fe, NM and Los Alamos, NM. Before pulling the tooth, we will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, we may use a strong general anesthetic. This will prevent pain throughout your body and make you sleep through the procedure.
If the tooth is impacted, Dr. Brookover will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.
As soon as the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. We will will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes we will place a few stitches — usually self-dissolving — to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.