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John D. Michalak, DMD

General Dentist located in Branford, CT

As part of his comprehensive dental services, Dr. John D. Michalak offers tooth extractions to alleviate the pain and infection caused by severe cavities or tooth injuries. At his Branford, Connecticut, dental practice, Dr. Michalak performs the procedure in-office for your convenience. He also offers sedation dentistry to calm your fears and make the extraction as comfortable as possible. To schedule a consultation, book an appointment online or by phone.

Extractions Q & A

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a procedure Dr. Michalak uses to remove teeth that are too crowded, diseased or severely damaged by an injury. In the event Dr. Michalak can’t effectively repair a tooth that has an injury or abscess using a root canal, he may recommend the permanent removal of the tooth.

A tooth extraction may also be necessary for impacted wisdom teeth, or your third molars, that cause pain or disrupt the growth of your other teeth.

Dr. Michalak first numbs the area of treatment to prevent discomfort. He can also administer nitrous oxide to keep you calm and relaxed before removing the affected tooth.

What happens after a tooth extraction?

Following an extraction, it is normal to experience a small amount of bleeding. Dr. Michalak packs the area with clean gauze to control bleeding and inflammation. You may also feel some increased sensitivity and tenderness in the area of the extraction for several days.

Dr. Michalak provides you with post-extraction instructions to ensure the area heals properly. For several days, you should gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to promote healing and to prevent infection.

You should continue to brush and floss your other teeth as usual but avoid the extraction site until your follow-up visit. You also shouldn’t use a straw, as the sucking action can cause your extraction site to reopen and bleed. If you’re a smoker, understand that smoking can slow your healing process and may also cause complications.

You can use over-the-counter medications to alleviate pain for a few days. Dr. Michalak may also prescribe antibiotics as a preventive for infection.

What options do I have following a tooth extraction?

If Dr. Michalak must remove a tooth toward the front of your mouth that affects your appearance, or if the loss of a tooth affects your ability to chew, there are available solutions at John D. Michalak DMD Family Dentistry.

You can benefit from a full or partial bridge or dental implants that look and function like your natural tooth. Dr. Michalak can discuss your options for replacing extracted teeth prior to your procedure, so you’ll know what to expect.

To learn more about extractions and dental implants, schedule a consultation online or by phone.