Tooth Extraction

It isn't a topic anyone likes to think about, but sometimes removing a tooth is a step that benefits your overall oral health. If you need a tooth extraction, you couldn't be in better hands than you are with Dr. Andrew Katerakis!

His patients appreciate his friendly and caring demeanor, and he and our team will ensure that you have a comfortable, stress-free procedure.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Some of the reasons our dentist recommends tooth extraction are:

  • An abscessed or infected tooth that we can't save with root canal treatment
  • A tooth that's so severely decayed it's unsalvageable
  • A tooth that has loosened due to gum disease
  • A wisdom tooth that is crowding neighboring teeth
  • A tooth that's broken or cracked in a way that we can't restore it

If Dr. Katerakis recommends removing the tooth, he will explain why so you feel fully informed and confident that it's the right step. We use visual aids like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so you can see what he sees and understand the benefits of removing the tooth.

We'll Take Good Care of You!

We know losing a tooth for any reason is upsetting, but we've got this! Dr. Katerakis has been practicing dentistry since 2012 and is skilled at performing the procedure with minimal stress and little or no discomfort for the patient.

We offer neck pillows, blankets to help you relax, and Bluetooth headphones so you can watch TV or enjoy your favorite music or podcast. Our caring dental team understands your concerns and will take excellent care of you if you feel anxious! They empathize with you and are here to provide whatever support you need, whether it's a warm smile, a kind word, or a hand to hold.

At-Home Care after Tooth Extraction

We recommend taking off the rest of the day after your procedure to rest and recuperate at home. Your body needs to heal, and there are steps to take post-extraction to keep yourself comfortable and avoid complications.

Before you leave our office, our team will provide at-home care instructions that you should follow carefully.

  • Bite down on the gauze pad with steady, gentle pressure for an hour after your procedure. Replace as needed until bleeding stops or slows. 
  • Use ice packs and elevate your head as much as possible for 24 hours to minimize swelling.
  • Don't smoke, spit, or use a straw as it can disturb the protective clot and lead to a painful condition called dry socket.
  • You can brush but avoid the extraction site.
  • Stick to a soft diet of foods like eggs, yogurt, applesauce, and pasta for the first few days.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours as an elevated heart rate can increase bleeding.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions!

Do You Think You Need a Tooth Extraction?

If you think you need a tooth extracted, call our Troy, OH, dental office at (937) 335-7754 to schedule an appointment. It is possible that a tooth you think needs to be removed can be saved with root canal treatment or a dental crown, but the final choice is always up to you.