When a patient visits us with complaints of tooth sensitivity or dental pain, our goal first and foremost is to help you keep your healthy and beautiful smile intact. Unfortunately for some of our patients, sometimes we aren't given any other option but to surgically remove your tooth. When conventional methods aren't able to preserve your tooth, or perhaps you have another reason why your tooth does need to be removed, we here at Rowan Family Dentistry do occasionally have to recommend a tooth extraction. Tooth extractions are a straightforward, painless procedure that can give our patients relief from dental pain, advanced infection, crowded teeth, or even from impacted wisdom teeth.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
It's understandable to feel a little bit nervous when told that your tooth requires extraction. The thought of losing a tooth probably conjures up memories of painful tooth loss when you were a child, and you may be concerned about how you'll look after your tooth is removed. You have nothing to worry about, however! We're extremely gentle and use plenty of anesthesia to help prevent you from experiencing any pain. Furthermore, we offer several different options to our patients who have had teeth removed, such as implants, bridges, and even partial dentures.
There are two primary types of tooth extractions. These include a simple extraction and surgical extraction. Simple extractions are exactly what they sound like. We use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth that is to be removed; then we finish by extracting it with our forceps. Surgical extractions are more labor-intensive and do require us to cut into your gums to remove an impacted or broken tooth. While simple extractions just require local anesthesia, surgical extractions may require intravenous or general anesthesia.
After your extraction, be sure to heed our follow-up care advice. We will pack your extraction with gauze and advise you leave it on the site for at least a half hour. Do not smoke following the extraction, and do not use a drinking straw. Failure to follow our advice can lead to an extremely painful complication called dry socket, which affects up to 4 percent of people who have a tooth removed. You can start rinsing gently with salt water 24 hours after your tooth removal and use over-the-counter pain relievers like NSAIDs (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but do not use aspirin, as it can thin blood and prevent clotting). Warm or cold compresses can also help with discomfort.
If you notice any signs of infection, such as a fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes, report it to us immediately. If the pain worsens, your bleeding doesn't stop, you develop dry socket, your lips and face feel numb longer than four hours post-surgery, or you can't swallow, let us know right away. This could be the sign of a complication that needs us to address it immediately.
Having a tooth extracted sounds scary, but it doesn't have to be. We here at Rowan Family Dentistry are both gentle and compassionate and will work with you to make sure you do not experience any pain or discomfort during your procedure. If you would like to learn more about extraction, or you suspect that you may require one and want to schedule an appointment for a consultation for this routine and safe procedure, give us a call here today at (662) 598-0155.
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