Regular Extractions

Teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons: extensive decay, advanced periodontal (“gum”) disease, infection, or trauma.  In most cases we can evaluate and treat you at the same visit provided we can use local anesthetic.  Patients can usually tolerate single tooth extractions easily using local anesthesia alone or local anesthesia combined with nitrous oxide (laughing gas).  However, not all extractions or patients are the same.  Some patients may require an outpatient IV sedation or general anesthesia to complete the treatment in the most comfortable  and efficient way possible.

Your comfort is very important to us.  If you prefer sedation or general anesthesia we will require a preliminary consultation appointment to review the procedure and your health history with you.  Please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking and any concerns or questions you may have regarding the treatment or procedure.  Dr. Tiernan will be happy to discuss with you all of the options available to maximize your comfort in our office.

If your dentist has recently taken x-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, please bring them with you to your appointment along with a referral. You may also request that your general dentist mail them to us prior to your appointment.

Most patients prefer not to return to work the day of the extraction…usually because of minor post extraction oozing and mild discomfort.  We will provide you with post-operative instructions, extra gauze and prescriptions if necessary.  You can expect moderate to mild discomfort for a few days following your extraction.  There may be some swelling or bruising around the extraction site.  Usually you will feel better in a day or two.  Please remember that we are always available for any questions or concerns you may have following your procedure.