Teeth may need to be removed for a number of reasons, usually due to extensive decay, “gum” disease, or trauma resulting in painful, abscessed and/or loose teeth.  If your dentist has recently taken x-rays which show all of the teeth in question, please bring them with you to your appointment.  Most patients prefer not to return to work on the day a tooth is extracted, usually because of minor post-extraction bleeding and discomfort.  We will provide you with post-operative instructions, extra gauze and a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics (if indicated) after your treatment is complete.   You can expect mild to moderate discomfort for a few days following the extraction.  There may be some swelling, stretching of your lip, or bruising.  In general, you should start to feel better after 2-3 days.  If you do not, please let us know.