How are extractions done?

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Extractions sound scary, and many people fear that it will be a complicated and painful procedure. The truth is that thanks to updated instruments and techniques, dental extractions are often quick and comfortable with no complications. Understanding how they are done will help you know what to expect and remove much of the fear.

To begin your procedure, Dr. Narra will make sure that you are numb and can’t feel a thing. Using forceps, she will gently begin to move the tooth back and forth to separate it from the ligaments that hold it in place. Once the tooth is loose, she will use an instrument called an elevator that easily lifts the tooth out.

Once the tooth is out, she will place gauze in the socket to help with any bleeding. You’ll be provided with thorough after-care instructions and tips to reduce any risk of bleeding or complications.

Simple extractions typically heal very quickly, and you will be able to get back to your normal life within a day or so. Having soft foods on hand that don’t require chewing will make the rest of the day following your extraction easier. Be careful not to drink through a straw or smoke, however, since this can dislodge the clot that will form, which is necessary for proper healing.

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