Comfortable Tooth Extraction
Despite our best efforts with general and restorative dentistry services, sometimes the fact that a tooth needs to be removed cannot be avoided. Fortunately, the process for a removal is more comfortable and efficient than ever. Should you need a replacement, we will discuss your options before the extraction occurs to ensure you do not have to spend any extra time with a missing tooth. Keep reading to learn more about the process and what you can expect from a tooth extraction in Medford.
When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary
There are a few situations that could warrant the removal of a tooth. Some of the most common include:
- Wisdom teeth: These third molars are an extra set of teeth that may erupt in late adolescence or throughout adulthood. If they do emerge, there is rarely enough space for them to come in -- so the wisdom teeth end up being trapped beneath the gums, and infection is likely to occur. Wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced.
- Decayed teeth: If a tooth is so severely decayed that it cannot even be saved with a root canal (the last effort for decay), your dentist will recommend total removal of the tooth. Replacement options can be discussed immediately.
- Broken teeth: For a tooth that has broken at the gum line and cannot be fixed with a crown, extraction will be necessary. Replacement options may include a dental implant or a fixed bridge.
- Extra teeth: Before you begin orthodontic treatment, you may need to have some teeth removed if you have crowding in the gum line. These teeth do not need to be replaced.
How Tooth Extraction Works
There are two ways to remove a tooth. The one that your dentist chooses will depend on how much of the tooth is visible. These methods of extraction are:
- Simple: A simple extraction is possible when the tooth has erupted and can be removed by wiggling with forceps.
- Surgical: This type of extraction may be chosen if the tooth is trapped beneath the gum line. Your dentist will open the gums and remove the bone tissue that surrounds the tooth, which is then taken out in several pieces.
Tooth extraction is a routine procedure which can be performed under local anesthesia to numb the jaw. Additionally, sedation dentistry can provide additional help to calm nerves and anxiety throughout the process.
The recovery process depends on which type of extraction you had. A simple extraction has a quick recovery and shouldn’t cause much discomfort or swelling. If you have had a surgical procedure, you will need to rest and relax for a day or two after the procedure. Maintain a soft foods diet and rest with your head elevated to reduce inflammation. Make sure to take any pain medication exactly as described. You can brush and floss your teeth as normal on the day of the extraction, just take care not to damage the treatment site.
Schedule an Appointment Today
For more information about tooth extraction or to schedule an appointment to remove an aching, infected, or damaged tooth, do not hesitate to get in touch with your dentist in Medford at Premier Care Dental. When performed by a caring professional, there is nothing at all to fear from a tooth extraction!