Most decayed teeth can be treated successfully with a filling or crown. But for these treatments to work, there must be enough healthy tooth structure above the jawbone to support the restoration.
When a tooth is severely decayed or the root of a tooth is fractured and cannot be saved, an extraction may be the best choice to relieve pain and prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth.
To perform an extraction, Dr. Zheng will apply local anesthesia, after sound anesthesia achieved, the tooth will be removed as less trauma as possible.
After an extraction, it is important that a clot forms at the site so any bleeding that may occur can stop, pain can be reduced and healing can start. It is recommended that brushing and closing in that area is avoided in the first 24 hours and smoking/tobacco use to be stopped for 72 hours. Hot, carbonated or alcohol drinks and hot or spicy foods should not be ingested.
While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite your check, lip or tongue. Call our office if there is any increase in the discomfort in the next couple of days.