Extractions & Bone Grafting
Your Caring & Experienced San Antonio Dentist
Removing teeth or placing dental implants can be a stressful process if you allow an inexperienced dentist to do it for you. Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed, or have other dental issues that require extractions or grafting, you need and deserve a dentist who knows what they are doing and prioritizes your comfort. At Shaenfield Family Dental, we know how uneasy many people feel sitting in the dental chair. Our experienced San Antonio dental team specializes in tooth extraction and bone grafting, and we are committed to dispelling your fears and offer a clean, spa-like environment that helps you relax.
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What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction
Depending on the specific procedure you need to improve your smile and daily comfort, there are a few things you can expect from having teeth extracted or pulled. Our San Antonio dentistry team will be sure you know everything ahead of time so there are no surprises. After evaluating your situation and taking any necessary X-rays, our tooth extraction dentist will make sure that you are comfortable and that you fully understand the procedure, answering any questions you may have. Before the procedure starts, you will be given a local anesthetic to fully numb the affected area. The dentist will then remove the tooth or teeth, and provide you with guidance for proper at-home care. Typically, you will recover in just a couple of days. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Situations in which extraction may be recommended include:
- An overcrowded mouth
- Preparation for orthodontia
- Teeth that fail to erupt or break through the gums
- Teeth that are at a high risk for infection
- Severe tooth decay and/or infection
- Issues associated with the wisdom teeth
What to Know About Bone Grafting Dentistry
Often when a tooth is extracted, it will be replaced with a dental implant. This will help restore the appearance of your smile, as well as your comfort when talking or chewing. Our San Antonio dentist is highly experienced in all procedures and can prepare you for a dental implant after an extraction is performed. Typically, this process will require cleaning the infected area and grafting the bone to create a solid foundation for your implant.
Enjoy Our Friendly Staff & Welcoming Environment
At Shaenfield Family Dental, we take a modern approach to dentistry, and with our chic, upscale environment, we are focused on making you feel comfortable and at ease. Our experienced dentist specializes in tooth extractions, and we strive to make you as comfortable as possible from the moment you step in the door. Our knowledgeable San Antonio dental team is there for you, committed to helping you live a happier, healthier life, and ready to answer any of your questions or concerns.
Home Care Instructions
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed. Call Shaenfield Family Dental at (210) 899-5716 if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at (210) 899-5716.
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