Tooth Extractions in Loxahatchee, FL
Ideally, we would love for you to keep all your teeth for a lifetime. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the reality, and sometimes it becomes necessary to remove a tooth to improve your overall oral health.
If you are facing tooth extraction, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. At Groves Dental Care, you can trust that your concerns will be addressed by compassionate staff, and your questions will always be listened to and answered. You deserve to feel comfortable and confident when you get the dental care you need, and we are dedicated to providing you with fantastic care each and every visit.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
An extraction may become necessary for a number of reasons. Some of the most common include:
- A tooth has become too decayed or damaged to repair or restore.
- A root canal has failed.
- You are preparing for orthodontics.
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted (not fully erupted) and are affecting the health of your other teeth.
- You have advanced gum disease and dentures have become necessary.
Comfortable Tooth Extractions in Loxahatchee, FL
If you are feeling stressed or anxious about your extraction, please let us know! We have designed our office to increase your comfort, we provide amenities to help lessen your anxiety, and Dr. Anis Elkhechen, DMD knows techniques to make anesthetic as painless as possible.
From little details like warm blankets to bigger comforts like oversized headphones to block out any troublesome sounds of the dental office and TVs in the ceiling so you can watch your favorite show during your procedure, we’ve got your interests at heart. You’ll be surrounded by friendly, caring people who are personally invested in helping you stay comfortable and calm.
What Can I Expect During an Extraction?
Most extractions are fairly straightforward and often a great deal simpler than patients expect.
The most important thing during an extraction is for you, the patient, to be very numb when you have a tooth removed. Dr. Elkhechen makes sure to give you plenty of anesthetic so you won't experience any pain during the procedure. Instead, the only sensation you can expect to feel during an extraction is some pressure.
We know that patients often expect an extraction to hurt, but it doesn't have to be this way! In fact, Dr. Elkhechen won't start the procedure unless he knows that you are completely numb. Often, patients don't even realize that the removal is complete because they never experience any discomfort throughout the procedure. Additionally, we'll make sure that you are provided with a prescription for any medications that may help with healing following the procedure.
When Can I Go Back to Work?
This is one of the most common questions we hear following an extraction.
Everybody heals differently, so it's impossible to give specifics for each individual patient. The good news is the majority of our patients return to work with only mild discomfort, if at all. In fact, many of the staff members Dr. Elkhechen has worked with over the years who have trusted him with their extractions elected to continue working at the office that same day – immediately after the procedure!
While we don't necessarily recommend returning to work immediately after your procedure, we do want to let you know that many times extractions are much less involved than patients believe. Knowing these details can really help decrease any fear or anxiety you may be experiencing.
Self-Care Following Your Extraction
Your mouth heals quickly, but you’ll still want to take good care of the area following your extraction. Dr. Elkhechen will give you specific recommendations based on your needs, but some general tips include:
- Keep soft foods on hand so that you can eat comfortably.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes or drink through a straw while you are healing. The sucking action can dislodge the clot that forms at the extraction site, which is important for healing. Also, smoking impedes blood flow to your tissues, slowing the healing process.
- Brush gently and avoid brushing the socket.
- If you experience discomfort following your extraction, use ice packs and saline rinses. You can also take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling.
- If Dr. Elkhechen prescribes medication for you following your extraction, be sure to take it as directed.
- Because Dr. Elkhechen wants to make sure that your experience following an extraction is just as comfortable as the procedure itself, he provides his personal phone number to every patient. If you have any concerns at all following your extraction, please do not hesitate to call him!