Why might you need a tooth extracted?
There are multiple reasons why a patient might need their tooth extracted. You might need the tooth extracted if:
- The tooth is severely decayed
- Advanced gum disease is present
- The tooth is broken in such a way that it cannot be repaired The tooth is poorly positioned in your mouth (impacted)
- To prepare for orthodontic treatment, implants or dentures
The space created by the removal of a tooth can lead to shifting teeth, which can alter your bite alignment and the appearance of your smile. Removing a tooth can also lead to problems with your ability to chew or speak clearly. With this in mind, your dentist will discuss your options if you choose to get the tooth extracted.
Call for Tooth Extractions
You could need a tooth extracted for any number of reasons. No matter the reason for your tooth extraction, DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions will extract your tooth and provide any necessary further treatment (such as implants or dentures) in order to restore your smile.
Full-Mouth Extractions and Dentures
In certain cases, full-mouth extraction may be necessary. This usually occurs when the teeth have been so affected by decay and disease that no other treatment is possible. In a full-mouth extraction, once all the teeth are removed, you will have several options for dentures, which will give you back form and function in your smile.
The Dental Extraction Procedure
When you visit for your tooth extraction, the dentist will numb the tooth, jaw bone, and the gums around the area with local anesthesia. During the procedure, you may feel pressure, but without pain. This pressure is simply part of the process of removing your tooth. Your dentist may choose to section your tooth, meaning your tooth will be cut into sections and removed piece by piece. This is a relatively common procedure. Throughout the process, we will make every reasonable effort to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Dental Extraction After Care
The after care process for dental extractions is extremely important to aid healing. For the healing process to begin, a blood clot must form, which will stop the bleeding. Your dentist will ask you to bite on gauze for approximately 30 minutes following your appointment. If bleeding persists, bite on another pad of gauze firmly for an additional 30 minutes. You may have to repeat this process a few times. Once the blood clot has formed, you must be careful not to disturb the clot. Some activities you should avoid for the first three days are:
- Drinking from a straw
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Drinking alcohol
- Brushing your teeth at the site of extraction
- Rinsing vigorously
These activities can disturb the clot and delay the healing process. You may feel some pain or experience swelling. If this occurs, use an ice pack or bag of frozen corn or peas on the area of your face or jaw to reduce swelling. If you are prescribed antibiotics, take them for the indicated length of time even if you no longer show symptoms of infection. Take your pain medication as prescribed. On the day of the extraction, you will want to eat softer foods. You can return to normal foods whenever you feel comfortable. Be sure to drink lots of fluids. After the first 24 hours, return to your normal dental routing, brushing and flossing at least once daily. This will keep your mouth clean. You should be able to return to normal activities within a few days, but if you are still bleeding heavily or experiencing severe pain, swelling, or adverse reactions to medication, call the dentist’s office immediately.
Schedule Your Dental Extraction Today
Whether you’re simply experiencing pain in a single tooth, or preparing for implants or dentures, contact DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions today. With precision and care we will extract your tooth in a safe, comfortable way, bringing you one step closer to a newer, more functional smile. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us today at 844-693-3688.