Dr. Jenkins will perform an exam and take an X-ray to assess your tooth. If your dentist determines that extraction is necessary, we will prepare you for your procedure as soon as possible. During your extraction, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. Local anesthesia will reduce any potential pressure or discomfort and make your procedure as pain-free as possible.
Dr. Jenkins will perform your tooth extraction using an elevator instrument to loosen your tooth then remove it with forceps. For an impacted tooth, the gum and bone tissue around the tooth will need to be cut so that it can be removed. If the tooth is too difficult to remove, then Dr. Jenkins will cut the tooth into pieces and remove each piece individually.
Once your tooth has been removed, your dentist will place gauze over the extraction site to help control the bleeding. Be sure to bite down on the gauze as instructed to help a blood clot form in the socket. The blood clot helps your mouth heal and promotes a smooth recovery.