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Extractions

extractionsOccasionally a dentist or oral surgeon will need to extract, or pull, an adult tooth. Reasons for extractions include extensive damage or decay, periodontal (gum) disease, infection or the risk of infection, or to prepare an over-crowded mouth for orthodontia.

Before the extraction, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. If more than one tooth is to be extracted, or if a tooth is impacted, a mild general anesthetic may be given to prevent pain and put you to sleep.

To extract a tooth, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue covering the tooth. Then he or she will use a forceps to gently work the tooth free from the jaw bone. Occasionally a tooth must be extracted in pieces.

Once the tooth is removed, a blood clot will form in the empty socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and ask you to bite down to help stop the bleeding. If the blood clot breaks loose, this can cause a painful condition called dry socket. In this case, the dentist will place a medicated gauze over the socket to keep it from becoming infected while a new clot forms.

Your dentist will tell you how to protect your extraction site from infection and speed healing. It is important to follow these instructions. Painkillers, ice, gauze pads, proper care, and plenty of rest will help your mouth heal as quickly as possible.

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Premier Dental Group PC is located at 7891 Broadway  Merrillville, IN 46410

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Dental Services

Orthodontics:
•  Traditional Braces
• Invisible Braces
•  Cosmetic Dentistry:
•  Dental Bonding
•  Enamel Shaping
• Whitening
•  Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry:
• Dental Bonding
• Enamel Shaping
• Whitening

Endodontics:
• Apicoectomy
• Root Canals

Prosthodontics:
•  Bridges
•  Cosmetic Dentistry
•  Crowns
•  Dentures
• Implants

Pediatric Dentistry:
• Dental Phobia
• Laser Dentistry
• Sedation Dentistry

Periodontics:
• Gum Cleaning
•  Implants