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Extractions are rarely our first course of action, however sometimes when other restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, our doctors may have no other option than to pull the tooth.

Hand holding tooth with rootsTooth extraction have become far less painful than before. Dr. Schold and Dr. Smars have completed hundreds of extractions. With expertise and a little help from anesthetics and sedatives, if you end up needing a tooth pulled, you’ll experience little to no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.

What To Expect From an Extraction

Before we begin extracting your tooth, we will numb the area surrounding the tooth with a topical anesthetic and typically inject Novocaine. Once the area has been fully numbed, Dr. Schold or Dr. Smars will pull your tooth. Patients undergoing a tooth extraction will occasionally be prescribed an antibiotic following their procedure to ensure an infection doesn’t occur.

For extractions involving severely impacted wisdom teeth, you may be referred to a qualified oral surgeon.

Post Operative Care

Once you’ve had your tooth extracted, avoid smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws during the healing period as these things can hinder the process or cause the wound to open once more. Use a cold compresses on the outside cheek near the extraction to reduce any swelling.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re worried about your oral health, make an appointment at our Minneapolis dental office today.

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