There’s a reason why the term “like pulling teeth” is used when describing an attempt to get someone to do a difficult task. Most of us could likely think of a million other dental treatments we would rather resort to than having to have teeth pulled. Yet, there are times when having a tooth extraction in Atlanta, GA is the best thing you can do in your attempt to rejuvenate your dental health. We also take numerous measures to keep discomfort to a minimum.

If gum disease has left your tooth beyond the point of repair, extraction may be the only to prevent infection from entering through the affected area and damaging the surrounding tissues and bone. Once the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the underlying as the tissue around the extraction site heals. Most patients experience very little discomfort or side effects, but in some cases, that clot becomes dislodged and causes pain.

Listen to Your Provider

This condition is known as “dry socket,” and while it can be common following an extraction, it is also easily preventable. Simply follow your periodontist or oral surgeon’s instructions immediately following the procedure. These are likely to include:

•    Avoid spitting or drinking through a straw for the first few days, as the suction force created can pull the clot loose.
•    Refrain from using mouthwash immediately following your procedure. If you do use it, rinse your mouth gently.
•    Check with you doctor to see if any medications you are using can inhibit blood clot formation.
•    Avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products for at least a couple of days.

Dr. Codelli and the rest of our staff understand that hesitancy that people feel when facing a tooth extraction. Yet you can trust in our abilities to ensure that your extraction is a positive experience. Our team will ensure that you remain comfortable, as Dr. Codelli’s skill all but guarantees you a pain-free procedure. If dry socket does become a problem, let us know right away. The faster that we are able to correct it, the more likely your recovery time will be shortened and more pleasant.