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Without regular care a tooth can decay further than the ability to repair it.  Removing the tooth stops the  tooth ache often associated with such teeth.

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

Although Dr. Pitner has many means available for repairing or restoring a tooth with minor decay, there are some times when a tooth extraction is necessary for the ultimate health and comfort of the patient.  If a tooth becomes too damaged from an accident or if a tooth has decayed beyond repair, an extraction may become necessary.  Other factors such as overcrowding, impaction or periodontal disease may lead to this decision.  However, Dr. Pitner will do all she can to avoid the removal of the natural tooth and will perform the procedure in the least invasive way possible.

what happens during a tooth extraction procedure?

When Dr. Pitner extracts a tooth she administers an anesthetic injection in the surrounding area of the tooth to avoid discomfort. The tooth is then loosened from the bone and socket. While you will not feel any pain during the process you may experience the feeling of pressure that is being put on your tooth and bone. After the tooth is removed, Dr. Pitner will finish by cleaning out the socket and stitch up the area.  You will be given gauze to control bleeding. 


Do not rinse or spit with force.  Avoid use of straws or eating solid foods for 24 hours.  This will help avoid bleeding and prevent infection.  Pain can often be managed with over-the-counter medication.  After the first day, you can begin to introduce solid foods, but use care when brushing and flossing.

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