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Oral Surgery Specialist

Chauvin Family Dentistry

Family Dentistry located in Saratoga Springs, NY & Clifton Park, NY

When it’s time for tooth extraction, you need oral surgery experts who make the experience comfortable and easy for you. The team at Chauvin Family Dentistry offers basic dental extractions at their two state-of-the-art offices in Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park, New York. Call the office nearest you, or use online scheduling to book an appointment today.

Oral Surgery Q & A

When would I need oral surgery?

At Chauvin Family Dentistry, oral surgery is a basic extraction in which your dentist removes the crown and roots of a tooth. Some of the most common reasons that you might need this type of procedure can include:

  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Irreparable tooth breakage or damage 
  • Mouth too small for all of your teeth
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment, like braces

Depending on the reason for your tooth extraction, your dentist may recommend replacing the tooth with a bridge, dental implant, or other option. That may require additional procedures at a later time. 

What does oral surgery feel like? 

The Chauvin Family Dentistry team emphasizes your comfort during oral surgery procedures. They use local anesthetics to numb the treatment area, so you don’t feel any significant discomfort or pain during the extraction. 

What should I do after my oral surgery?

After your oral surgery at Chauvin Family Dentistry, strictly follow all the guidelines the team gives you. That usually includes a liquid-only diet until the numbing medicine wears off and then eating soft foods for a few days.

You mustn't smoke after your oral surgery. Smoking can increase your risk of infection and cause healing complications. 

It’s not unusual for your socket to bleed after oral surgery. Apply clean gauze and bite down to minimize this issue. Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after oral surgery. That allows a blood clot to form and avoids complications like a dry socket.

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket is a rare complication in which a blood clot doesn’t form or forms but then breaks open after tooth extraction. That exposes the bone under the socket to air and bacteria.

A dry socket can cause pain, bad breath, and other problems. After the first 24 hours, the team may recommend using a saltwater rinse to help your tooth socket heal. You may also need medicated dressings for a serious dry socket.

The Chauvin Family Dentistry team ensures that your oral surgery is a smooth procedure, and your comfort comes first. Call either office or use the online scheduler to book your tooth extraction.