Dr. Lebedoff

5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 1100
Tulsa, OK 74135

Extractions

There are times when an extraction is necessary. The tooth or teeth may be too decayed, to broken, or too damaged to save. There may be an impaction, severe periodontal disease or an infected root gone too far for a root canal to be effective.

Whatever the reason, we are equipped for swift, professional tooth extraction at our Tulsa dental office, and Dr. Lebedoff will be able to present you with your options for tooth replacement.

The Extraction Process

If there is massive infection, you may have to undergo a short course of antibiotics before we pull your tooth. Otherwise, we can do the extraction in a single visit.

The reason you feel pressure, not pain, is because the anesthetic we use affects the nerves that transmit pain signals, but not the ones that transmit pressure signals. We'll want to keep making sure you are pain free, so if you do feel pain signal us instantly.

In some cases, a tooth's root may be so tightly embedded that we will need to section the tooth to get it out. This process simply involves cutting the tooth into sections, then loosening and removing each one individually. You may hear some cracking noises as the tooth is cut; don't be alarmed. We will tell you if the tooth has to be sectioned so you are prepared.

Extractions

While rarely our first choice, a quick, controlled extraction can often be the best move for your dental health.

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After your Tooth Extraction

The most important thing after a tooth is extracted is for a clot to form on the socket. Follow Dr. Lebedoff's instructions, biting down on a gauze pad immediately and maintaining pressure for 30-45 minutes. If the bleeding and oozing persists, continue biting on a fresh pad for an additional 30 minutes.

Once the blood clots in the socket, avoid disturbing it. Don't swish liquid in your mouth, drink with a straw, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush the teeth on that side of your mouth. Limit exercise as raised blood pressure can also cause renewed bleeding, and dislodge the clot. If the clot is dislodged, a condition known as "dry socket" can occur, and this is very painful.

Pain and swelling are to be expected after an extraction, so use a frozen bag of corn or peas to confuse the pain carrying nerves in your face and take pain medications as directed. Dr. Lebedoff will prescribe adequate pain relief for after your extraction, and may prescribe antibiotics as well to lessen risk of infection.

Drink lots of fluids (slowly, carefully) and eat soft foods for a few days. Resume your regular oral hygiene regimen after 24 hours. Swelling and pain should subside after 48 hours, and within a few days you should feel fine and able to resume normal activities. If not, call our office.

If you have heavy bleeding from the extraction site, severe pain and / or swelling for 2-3 days, or an adverse reaction to any medication, please call our office at (918) 492-3003.

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