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Tooth Extraction Dental Services in Erlanger, KY

Restoring Your Health with Extraction

Dr. Henry will employ every treatment method possible to help your keep your natural teeth for life. However, in some cases, a tooth cannot be saved, especially if you neglected to seek dental treatment for a problem in its earliest, most treatable stages. In cases of extensive tooth decay with infection, advanced gum disease, or a fracture of the tooth root, extraction may be your only option. If you must have a tooth extracted, you can rest assured knowing that Dr. Henry will remove your tooth gently and precisely, making sure you are comfortable every step of the way. Once the extraction site has healed, she will offer you the most appropriate tooth replacement options to help restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

The Simple Tooth Extraction Procedure

Dr. Henry will begin by administering a local anesthetic to the area surrounding the tooth. Once you are comfortable, she will use a dental tool to gently move the tooth back and forth, which will loosen the tooth ligaments. Once the tooth is sufficiently loosened, it can easily be removed.

Post-Extraction Instructions

Dr. Henry will ask you to bite on a piece of gauze to help a blood clot form at the extraction site. This clot is vital to your healing process, and if it is disturbed, you may develop a painful condition called dry socket. To ensure the clot stays in place, do not suck on a straw, smoke, or spit for 24 hours after your extraction. After 24 hours have passed, you may rinse your mouth with salt water and resume your normal oral hygiene routine, but you must avoid brushing the extraction area until it has healed. Dr. Sand Wall will give you specific instructions on relief of discomfort and swelling during the healing process.

For personalized general and cosmetic dental care in northern Kentucky, contact Dr. Darlene Henry today to schedule an appointment. Located in Erlanger, we serve patients from all surrounding areas, including Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, and Taylor Mill.

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