Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Although Drs. Tom and Shannon Galinis make every effort to preserve natural teeth, extractions are sometimes unavoidable and better for the patient. Depending on which tooth or teeth are extracted, a dental implant or dental bridge is the restorative treatment that will restore the space.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tooth extraction?
It is best to schedule a consultation with Drs. Tom or Shannon Galinis to determine if your tooth needs to be extracted. You can also discuss restorative options at this appointment.
What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?
Local anesthetic is administered to prevent pain during the procedure, and a prescribed medication may be given to help manage any discomfort following your extraction. Dr. Tom or Shannon Galinis will carefully remove the tooth and place sutures or a dressing in order for the socket to heal.
What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?
Oral and written post care instructions will be given by Dr. Tom or Shannon Galinis to ensure adequate healing and to prevent any unnecessary complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent an infection. You will be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, so that the healing process is not delayed and a condition known as ‘dry socket’ does not occur.