Extractions Specialist

Happy Smile

Jong Hoon Park, DMD

General Dentist located in Lincoln, RI

Sometimes, a tooth becomes damaged beyond the scope of even the most talented dentist’s abilities to repair it. At Happy Smile in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Jong Hoon Park, DMD provides tooth extractions when other treatments fail or are impossible. If you have a tooth that’s extremely painful or decayed, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Park right away.

Extractions Q & A

Why would I need a tooth pulled?

If you have a broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged tooth, Dr. Park first tries to save it with a filling, crown, or other tooth restoration procedure. In some cases, these treatments don’t work or aren’t possible because the damage is too severe. If he can’t fix your tooth with more conservative treatments, Dr. Park may suggest extraction.

Common reasons you may need to have a tooth pulled include:

  • Your teeth are crowded
  • The tooth is too loose to work on
  • The tooth is severely infected, or there’s a high risk of infection
  • Your wisdom teeth are causing problems
  • You have baby teeth that never fell out

What should I expect from a tooth extraction procedure?

Dr. Park performs a comprehensive dental exam to determine the cause of your tooth pain. This may include X-rays to evaluate the structure of your teeth.

The team at Happy Smile strives to create the most comfortable experience possible. If you need a tooth pulled, a painless injection numbs the area. Dr. Park may discuss other options for sedation depending on the extent of your procedure.

He removes your tooth using specialized instruments that extract the problem tooth without damaging the healthy neighboring teeth. After extracting the tooth, Dr. Park treats your gum tissue to prevent infection. This may involve self-dissolving stitches to close up your gums or packing the area with gauze.

What is recovery like after a tooth extraction?

The anesthetic prevents you from feeling any pain during the procedure, but you may experience discomfort as it wears off. Recovery from a dental extraction typically takes a few days.

Dr. Park provides you with instructions on how to care for your oral health after the extraction. He may suggest you do the following to minimize the risk of infection and enhance recovery:

  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the procedure
  • Eat soft foods
  • Don’t drink from a straw
  • Apply an ice pack
  • Take pain medications, if prescribed
  • Avoid rinsing and spitting for 24 hours
  • Gently rinse your mouth with salt water after 24 hours
  • Avoid the extraction site when brushing and flossing

After your mouth heals, Dr. Park may discuss options for replacing the tooth, such as a dental bridge or implants. If you think you may need a tooth pulled, call Happy Smile or book an appointment online today.