Before starting the extraction procedure, we will take an X-ray of the affected tooth to determine its shape, position, and the surrounding bone. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to ensure a painless experience.
For a simple extraction, we will use a dental instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it from the socket. For a more complex extraction, such as an impacted wisdom tooth, we may need to make an incision in the gum to access the tooth and remove it in pieces.
After the tooth is removed, we will place a gauze pad over the socket and ask you to bite down to help stop the bleeding. You may experience some discomfort and swelling after the extraction, but we will provide you with aftercare instructions to help manage these symptoms.