FAQs

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the socket breaks down and washes away. This leaves exposed socket bone which can be painful. A dry socket typically occurs three to four days after the procedure and is identified by a sudden increase in pain. The exact cause is not known, so there are no specific instructions to avoid a dry socket. If pain occurs, please call our office to schedule a visit Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Phone Number (262) 253-6588.

 

What is the sharp area I feel after an extraction?

Occasionally there is a thin area of bone near the socket crest which may die and work its way out through the mucosa. This can be sharp to the tongue and painful. It is referred to as a bone spicule and occurs about one month after an extraction. Bone spicules occur in approximately 10% of lower molar extractions, and less often in other teeth.  If a sharp area occurs, please call our office to schedule a visit Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Phone Number (262) 253-6588.

 

Why is there swelling on top of the gum after an extraction?

Less than 1% of patients may develop an infection in the extraction socket. This is evident by a soft bulge at the top of the extraction site often above the surrounding tissue. The swelling may be painful to touch with a small amount of bleeding or pus expressed. The area should be evaluated by our staff as soon as possible.

 

What should I do if I have pain/swelling 1 week or more after an extraction?

Extraction sites are typically painful for a few days to one week after extraction. They are usually painful to touch for about two weeks after an extraction. If you have any concerns regarding healing, please contact our office as soon as possible Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Phone Number (262) 253-6588.

 

How much do implants cost?

The implant fee is $1,950.00. This is a global fee that includes the placement and uncovery, as well as all x-rays and implant components. Your dentist will have separate fees for placing a crown on the implant.

If a bone graft is needed at the time of the extraction, or the time of the implant, the cost ranges from $100 to $200. This varies on the use of membrane with the bone graft.