Tooth Extractions

Our primary aim is to preserve and sustain your natural teeth. However, there are certain circumstances where removing a tooth becomes necessary for your overall well-being. At such times, we strive to perform the extraction procedure in the most comfortable and hassle-free manner so that you can focus on a speedy and smooth recovery.

Tooth Extractions Services in Morehead City, NC

Tooth extraction is a quick process involving anesthesia to ensure comfort. However, the recovery period after the extraction is crucial. To ensure the bleeding is controlled, and the healing process begins quickly, you must bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot. Not disturbing the blood clot for the next 24 hours is essential. We suggest using an ice pack on the outer cheek to manage swelling, followed by a warm compress once the swelling has subsided for comfort. Additionally, rinsing the extraction area with warm salt water can help keep it clean and prevent infection.

Illustration of a tooth being extracted
  • How can I prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    After you have a tooth extracted, a blood clot forms in the socket to help heal. But if this blood clot gets dislodged before the mouth fully recovers, it can cause a painful condition called dry socket. Here are six tips to prevent dry sockets:

    1. Avoid using straws or anything that requires suction.
    2. Do not smoke tobacco, as it can dislodge your blood clot and cause an infection.
    3. Eat only soft foods such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt for the first one or two days.
    4. Check with your doctor to ensure your medications do not interfere with healing.
    5. Use proper oral hygiene and consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your mouth clean.
    6. Follow your doctor’s instructions on proper oral care to speed up recovery.
  • When and why are wisdom teeth removed?

    Wisdom teeth are the last set that develops and grows at the back of the mouth. They usually start to emerge during the late teenage years or early twenties. Due to the limited space available, these teeth grow at an angle and can cause crowding and discomfort. Therefore, almost 85% of adults eventually have their wisdom teeth removed to avoid dental issues.

  • What causes the need for tooth extraction?

    Tooth extraction is a procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. This is usually necessary when a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay and cannot be repaired with a filling or crown. There are several other reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, such as when extra teeth are blocking others, when baby teeth haven’t fallen out in time for permanent teeth to come in, or when wisdom teeth need to be removed. Additionally, some people may need teeth extractions for medical reasons.

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