Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Of the many reasons Dr. Peyray performs tooth extraction, the most common include:

  • Preparation for implants
  • Impaction and infection prevention
  • Severe bone loss from periodontal disease
  • A fracture in your tooth

A damaged or decayed tooth that Dr. Peyray diagnoses as beyond repair with a filling or crown is also likely ready for extraction and implantation.

Dr. Peyray takes great care to extract each tooth without difficulty. After you have proper anesthetic, very small instruments are used to minimize trauma to your gum and bone tissues during the extraction.

Dr. Peyray begins by reviewing your medical and dental histories and taking oral X-rays. The X-rays enable her to determine the length, shape, and position of your tooth and the surrounding bone in relation to your sinuses, other teeth, jawbone, lip, and chin.

In most cases, Dr. Peyray prescribes antibiotics to be taken prior to your surgery to help with any infection.

When your extraction is complete, Dr. Peyray’s surgical partners will instruct you to gently bite down on a piece of dry, sterile gauze for up to 30 minutes to limit bleeding and enable your body to create a clot.

When you get home, for the first 24 hours following the tooth extraction, refrain from:

  • Smoking
  • Vigorous rinsing
  • Cleaning in and around the extraction site
  • Strenuous activity
  • Drinking hot beverages
  • Using a straw

Until your anesthesia wears off, it’s best to consume a liquid diet. Eating soft foods for the first few days after your extraction helps limit discomfort. For pain and discomfort that occurs after the anesthesia wears off, take over-the-counter pain relievers, and set an ice pack on your face for 15 minutes at a time.

The day after Dr. Peyray performs your extraction, gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Be sure to resume a good oral care routine two days after your extractions. If your pain persists for more than three days or if complications occur, call Dr. Peyray’s office for further instructions.

After your procedure, you will need time to rest. It typically takes around 24 hours for the sedation medication to leave your body. During this time, you will most likely want to sleep. Rest is best during this time. Please take caution when walking. You will not be able to drive or operate any machinery or motor vehicle for 24 hours. In addition, you will not be able to legally sign any documents during this time.

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