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Tooth extraction will always be a last resort at Third Coast Family Dental, where we practice conservative treatments and work to restore your teeth before more invasive reparative care is needed. But when an accident causes dental trauma or a tooth becomes damaged, decayed, or infected beyond repair, tooth extraction may become inevitable. In events such as wisdom tooth growth, or when adult teeth begin crowding the mouth, tooth extraction may be needed to protect the alignment of teeth and prevent overcrowding of the mouth. If your tooth is causing you pain or appears infected, we can help by forming a proper assessment of your dental health and discussing all possible treatment methods. Our highly experienced team will partner with you to understand your dental concerns and questions, and help guide you through a custom treatment plan to find relief quickly and comfortably.
Tooth Extraction Has a Large Impact on Your Dental Health
When you need a tooth extraction it’s important to have the tooth treated quickly to prevent infections and pain from growing or spreading to other teeth. If your tooth has experienced a dental trauma such as an accident that resulted in the tooth breaking or becoming fractured and chipped, removing the tooth may be the only way to return you to a pain-free life and allow the mouth to heal properly. Wisdom teeth and adult teeth that grow improperly into the mouth can also overcrowd the mouth, distorting the alignment of existing teeth and causing them to shift and move. When this happens the bite can change, uneven pressure may be placed on the teeth, and the risk of forming gum disease increases as migrated teeth become harder to clean. Impacted teeth, or teeth that lay under the gum surface, can also put pressure on neighboring teeth and cause unnecessary pain. Dental extractions may be the solution you need to return to a comfortable standard of living, and we’re here to help. If you have a tooth that is bothering you, or feel pain in your jaw or teeth, contact our office at (414) 327-2700.
What Causes the Need for Tooth Extractions?
Where Tooth Extraction Can Support Your Health
The Dental Extraction Process
After Dr. Blair makes a comprehensive assessment of your dental health and determines with you that a tooth extraction is needed, the treatment process can begin. Dr. Blair will help you feel comfortable and relaxed as she administers a local anesthetic to numb the affected area, preparing the tooth for extraction. Should you have any anxiety before the process, you may also request the use of oral sedation to aid in your comfort during the procedure. Once you are feeling calm and pain-free, Dr. Blair may make a small incision in the gum line above the tooth if the tooth is impacted, resting below the gum line, to expose the tooth for extraction. Using forceps to securely grasp the tooth, Dr. Blair will rock the tooth gently back and forth to effectively remove the tooth. If the tooth is broken or difficult to remove, it can be removed in smaller pieces. After the tooth is removed, dissolvable stitches will seal the area and gauze will be applied to help in the healing process. Antibiotics and pain medications are commonly prescribed to assist patients in a smooth recovery.
After Dental Extractions
Once you have had a tooth removed, it’s important to keep the area clean and healthy to allow for quick healing. A gauze pad is placed to rest over the area to encourage a blood clot to form. It is highly recommended to rest for the first few days after treatment by avoiding strenuous activity, and brushing and rinsing gently. Do not drink from a straw or smoke for at least 24 hours. Introduce yourself to soft foods and liquids while your gums heal. Applying an icepack to the outside of the mouth can help to reduce swelling and pain, and taking prescribed antibiotics and pain medications can assist in healing. Sleeping with your head propped up by a couple pillows can also allow for healthy blood flow and speed along the healing process. Should you have any questions about your tooth extraction treatment, our staff at Third Coast Family Dental is happy to answer any of your questions.
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Whether you’re calling to set your six month appointment or haven’t seen a dentist in awhile, we’ll help you feel comfortable and safe when it’s time to see the dentist. Our conservative approach means we will work with you to find a treatment that gives you your best sense of health now and helps preserve and maintain your healthy teeth for years to come.