Tooth Extractions in Kahului

Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Wisdom teeth extraction
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • To prepare the mouth for orthodontal work
  • Poorly positioned teeth
  • A cracked or broken tooth

You and Dr. Strawn may determine that a damaged or decayed tooth should be removed to prevent the spread of infection, alleviate pain, or improve overall oral health. However, removing a single tooth can impact your ability to chew or speak properly. A missing tooth can also contribute to problems with jaw alignment, shifting of your remaining teeth, and jawbone loss.

To avoid these issues, Dr. Strawn recommends tooth extractions only when all other attempts to save a tooth have failed. She will also discuss tooth replacement options to preserve your natural smile.

The Tooth Extraction Process

On the day of your tooth extraction, Dr. Strawn will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. You will not feel any pain during extraction, but you will feel pressure as she rocks the tooth back and forth to loosen it. Once the socket is widened, the tooth is eased out. If you feel pain at any time, please let us know immediately.

Tooth Sectioning

A tooth with multiple or curved roots can be challenging to remove from the socket. When this happens, Dr. Strawn cuts the tooth into sections. She can then easily remove the sections one at a time. This may take longer than a simple extraction, but it is safe and effective.

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions.”

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Tooth Extractions FAQ

Do I need time off after a tooth extraction?

You should take a day or two off following tooth extraction to allow the area to heal if a single tooth is removed. If you have multiple teeth extracted or surgery is required, you may need more time to heal.

What is a dry socket?

After a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms over the empty socket, protecting it. If the clot is dislodged, the nerves and blood vessels are exposed, causing severe pain. This is called a dry socket and can lead to infection and other complications. A dry socket usually occurs three to five days after extraction. If you suspect a dry socket, call our office and let us know so you can be seen immediately.

Do I have to replace a missing tooth?

No, the final decision is always yours. However, even a single missing tooth can lead to oral health issues such as jawbone loss, shifting of remaining teeth, and additional tooth decay in remaining teeth. If you have questions about tooth replacement, Dr. Strawn will be happy to review your options with you.

Can I smoke after having a tooth extracted?

We recommend not smoking after tooth extractions for several days (although quitting is your best option). Smoking slows the healing process and may contribute to a dry socket. It can also aggravate your pain.

If you have additional questions about tooth extractions, please call our office at Maui Jaw Surgical Institute Office Phone Number (808) 242-0077.