There are a lot of different circumstances that can lead to a tooth having to be extracted – from sporting accidents to impaction and even extreme decay, it’s never a fun journey to have a tooth extracted. Fortunately, we are here to take the discomfort out of tooth extractions. When you come to us to have a tooth extracted you can count on a comfortable and pleasant experience.
There is a wide variety of reasons that one might need a tooth extraction. Probably the most common reason for having a tooth extracted is when a wisdom tooth is or will be impacted. Most people have wisdom teeth, and very few people end up keeping wisdom teeth, they are usually extracted because they will become impacted. When a tooth is said to be impacted, that means that it will not fully erupt from the gum line because there is something in the way. Usually that “something” is another tooth or structure in the mouth.
Our goal is always to find teeth that will be impacted before they begin their journey to the surface of the gum line in order to prevent damage to your teeth or oral faculties.
Severely Decayed Teeth
When a tooth has decayed to such an extent that not even a root canal can fix it, we will often need to extract the tooth. In the case of extremely decayed teeth, removal is important in order to prevent infection and to curb the spread of decay to other teeth.
Physical trauma to the mouth can sometimes result in a situation where we will need to extract a tooth. One of the most common and preventable scenarios where teeth end up needing extraction is injuries sustained while participating in sports or physical activities. Whenever you are participating in a strenuous physical activity that could result in a blow to the face or a nasty fall, it is wise to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards can be purchased at sporting goods stores and even the dental aisle of many grocery stores.
Tooth Extraction Procedure and Post-Operative Care
We offer a variety of anesthesia options that allow our patients to remain comfortable and serene throughout their extraction procedure. If at any point during any procedure in our office, you find yourself uncomfortable, please let us know immediately.
After extraction it will be important to take good care of the extraction site. You will leave our office with a piece of gauze over the site. The gauze is meant to soak up any excess bleeding and encourage the formation of a blood clot over the site. The blood clot will ensure that the site heals properly and is able to stave off infection while healing. Bleeding should stop within 8-12 hours following the extraction. Manage any pain or discomfort with ibuprofen or acetaminophen and a cold compress. If you experience pain lasting past the 2 to 3-day mark, please make sure to call us immediately. Avoid sucking motions to help the clot stay intact – the use of straws and tobacco products should be avoided at all costs.
Rinse with a warm, salt water solution at least twice a day to dislodge any food particles in the area.