Unfortunately, there are some cases in which you may have to get a tooth removed for a variety of reasons. At our offices we will do everything we can to make this treatment as painless and smooth as possible.
Our doctors may determine that you need a dental extraction for various reasons, including:
The removal of a single tooth can lead to issues related to your chewing ability and shifting teeth, which may have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, our doctors will discuss alternatives to extractions, as well as replacement options of the extracted tooth.
Wisdom teeth (“Third Molars”) are the last teeth to grow in and usually start to erupt between the ages of 16-25. Many people simply do not have enough room in their mouths for them. For this reason, wisdom teeth often cause oral health issues when they begin to emerge. They can cause the rest of your teeth to shift, increase likelihood of molar cavities, increase your likelihood of a dental infection, or even fail to erupt completely. While some people keep their wisdom teeth if they have room for them in their mouths, most patients opt to have them removed.
What to expect at your appointment
At the time of the extraction the doctor will numb your tooth and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth to widen the socket for removal. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction, please let us know right away. Our staff will provide you with all post-operative instructions to ensure optimal healing at the extraction site.
After your appointment
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling, which generally subsides within 48 hours after the procedure. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain and antibiotic medications as prescribed. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. It is important to resume your normal dental routine, including brushing and flossing. After a few days you should feel fine and be able to resume your normal activities.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, or a reaction to a medication, call our office immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’ve been referred by your dentist or not, getting started is as simple as contacting us to schedule your first consultation. We recommend you complete any needed forms before your appointment to save time.
We work hard to provide each patient with the best possible experience from the moment they come through the door. That’s why we’ll guide you, answer all your questions, and provide you with the customized solutions that you deserve, so you can feel as comfortable as possible.