Dental Tooth Extraction
While our priority will always be to save and restore your original teeth, sometimes it simply isn’t possible. Sometimes it is necessary for us to perform a tooth extraction. The removal of a tooth is never ideal, but it can save you from further pain and discomfort, as well as prevent more serious conditions from arising.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, the most common of which occurs when a tooth is too badly damaged by decay or trauma to be fully restored.
Other reasons include but are not limited to:
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Before the extraction takes place, a digital x-ray of the area will be taken to help plan the way to best remove the tooth. If it is your wisdom teeth that are being removed, a panoramic x-ray will be taken. A panoramic x-ray is a 3-d image that shows all your teeth at once and helps clarify the relation of your wisdom teeth to surrounding teeth, your sinuses, and your jawbone.
Medical HistoryBefore having a tooth or teeth extracted, be sure to disclose your full medical and dental history as well as any medications you may be taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
It is crucial to let us know about any of the following:
Special conditions such as these may require antibiotics to be taken before and after your procedure.
SedationYou may be given some form of anesthesia before the procedure. This can include general anesthesia or conscious sedation depending on circumstance and personal preference. If you are experiencing any symptoms such as a stuffy nose or a common cold on the day of the procedure, let us know as we may need to reschedule.
Before the extraction, we will give you a local anesthetic to help numb the area around the tooth, reducing pain and discomfort. The numbness should subside a few hours after the operation. Do not eat any foods that require chewing until after the numbness has gone away.
Types of ExtractionThere are two types of extractions:
Recovering from a Tooth Extraction
Once the procedure is complete, we will place a gauze pack on the extraction site. You will be asked to bite down on it for 20-30 minutes to help reduce the bleeding and form a blood clot. Shortly after the procedure, new tissue and bone will begin to fill the gap, and a full recovery should be expected in one to two weeks.
Home Care After a Tooth Extraction
Things to Look out for After a Tooth Exctraction
Contact us today at (480) 820-4342 if you have any questions or concerns regarding tooth extractions.