There are many reasons that teeth need to be removed. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The Extraction Process
In most situations, an office visit will be scheduled for you to meet the doctor and be evaluated with an x-ray and intra-oral examination. Anesthesia options will be explained and a recommendation offered.
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
Most patients prefer to remain home from work the same day of surgery. If you choose to have intravenous (IV) anesthesia, returning to work the same day of your surgery is not an option, as your sedation will take most of the day to wear off.
Prescription Refill Protocol
Your doctor will write a prescription for your post operative discomfort. In most cases this should be adequate for the post operative period. Occasionally patients will require a refill on their prescription medications. Please call our office during normal business hours if you feel you need a refill. In most instances a short post operative visit is all you will need to alleviate any discomfort. Narcotic prescriptions will NOT be called in.