Affordable and Pain-Free Tooth Extractions: Just a Call Away!
The goal of dentistry is to keep your natural teeth healthy and intact for as long as possible. That’s achieved through regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits every six months. However, sometimes a tooth comes out prematurely on its own due to disease or it is forced out through injury.
Whatever the case, tooth extraction is a common procedure and it is considered minor surgery – at least in most cases. How involved the procedure will be will depend on where the affected tooth is and what the state of the root is. That’s because a single straight root is easier to take out than a molar that has many roots.
Why You May Need to Extract a Tooth
There are many circumstances that may precipitate the need for tooth extraction, such as:
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom tooth extractions are one of the more common reasons for teeth pulling because they are impacted below the surface. This will help prevent damage to nearby healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
- Trauma or Disease: These cases both allow for the possibility of saving the original tooth, such as crowns or root canals. When these methods fail, you’re better off removing the tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.
- Orthodontic Treatment: When there are too many teeth to accommodate the jaws, crowding occurs. Once a couple of teeth are removed, there is more space for the remaining teeth to come into alignment properly. The first premolars next to the canines are the most common to come out.
- Baby Teeth: Sometimes, baby teeth are stubborn and don’t want to come out on their own, preventing the permanent tooth waiting in the wings from erupting properly.
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Teeth Extractions: The Process
When you visit the dentist, you will get a x-rays to determine the position of the tooth roots and the condition of the bone around it. You’ll be asked your medical and drug history and you will chat with the dentist about the anesthesia used for the procedure.
This is usually a mild local anesthetic that numbs the tooth to be removed, as well as the surrounding bone and gum tissues. You may also be given an oral sedative pill, nitrous oxide (inhaled) or conscious sedation (through a vein).
You will be completely at ease and feeling no pain.
After Tooth the Procedure
Once the tooth is extracted, the dentist will cover the socket with sterile gauze, applying pressure for up to 20 minutes to keep bleeding at bay. Sometimes stitches are needed, but not always.
When you go home and the sedatives wear off, you may feel some discomfort and/or swelling. Your dentist will recommend you take non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin. You may also be prescribed some antibiotics so no infections result. It’s helpful to keep swelling down with ice packs and avoid hard foods until you feel better. Some ice cream would be great!
You should be back to yourself within a few days. Find out more about what to expect with tooth extractions by calling Redwood Dental at 800-462-2222.