Extractions

The word “extraction” can sound intimidating, and even frightening, but its practice and purpose are, for some patients, essential to their oral and overall health. Extracting or removing a tooth can keep an infection from spreading and negatively impacting the dental structure of the surrounding teeth. Dr. Colon will provide a local anesthetic to numb the area where the extraction will take place. If there are multiple teeth being removed, the dentist may determine that a general anesthetic be used. Generally, the reasons for a recommended tooth extraction could be:

  • Decayed/Infected tooth
  • Severe gum disease
  • Crowded Mouth/ Too many teeth

After the procedure, Dr. Colon or one of his assistants will provide you with instructions for the recovery process. Some general instructions may include:

  • Consume soft foods such as a thin soup, yogurt or applesauce the following day
  • Continue brushing and flossing regularly, but avoid the extraction site until it completely heals
  • No strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid spitting or using a straw during the first 24 hours after the extraction