When is Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction may be performed for various health reasons. Cases where extraction may be appropriate include:
- Preparing mouth for bridgework or dentures
- Making room in a crowded mouth, often in preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Decay or infection that does not respond to root canal therapy
- Damaged tooth that cannot be repaired
- Impaction or erupting at an irregular growth or angle
- Severe gum disease that cannot be treated with periodontal therapy
Of course, our doctors always strive to save damaged teeth and will take every appropriate measure to meet this goal.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Our doctors are trained to perform extractions as efficiently and comfortably as possible. We use local anesthetic and additional sedation, if necessary, to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Depending on your individual case, your doctor may either be able to loosen and remove the tooth whole, or he may need to make an incision in the gum or bone to expose the tooth. For complex cases, we may refer you to an oral surgeon or another specialist.
Our doctors are trained to perform extractions as efficiently and comfortably as possible.
When your tooth or teeth have been fully extracted, your doctor will fill the space with gauze and ask you to apply pressure in order to slow the bleeding. If stitches are necessary, your doctor will place these before you leave but they should dissolve on their own.
Recovery time after tooth extraction is unique to each patient, but many people can go back to their normal routines within a few days of the procedure. Complete healing usually takes roughly four to six weeks. Before you go home, we will give you detailed instructions for dealing with inflammation or discomfort. Your doctor may recommend:
- Over-the-counter or prescribed painkillers
- Applying pressure to the site by biting on a gauze pad
- Placing an ice pack against your cheek or jaw
- Avoiding strenuous activities or stress
- Avoiding smoking or drinking alcohol
- Eating a diet of soft foods
Though you can expect some bleeding for the first day after your procedure, if you notice significant pain or continuous bleeding, contact us immediately.
Follow-Up Care and Maintenance
Extracting a troublesome or damaged tooth is sometimes necessary for your dental health, but it is also important to follow up with restorative treatment options. Without further action, your remaining teeth will begin to shift out of place, and your jawbone could atrophy. Your doctor will help you decide what treatment may be the best for you, whether dental implants, dentures, or a dental bridge. In some cases, socket preservation can be performed immediately following an extraction to expedite the process.
Reach Out to Our Practice
At Gulch Dental Studio, you will always receive compassionate care with our team of professionals. If you are suffering from an inflamed, broken, or painful tooth, we can help restore your oral health. Contact us using our online form to learn more and schedule an appointment.