A tooth extraction is never Dr. Fisher’s first choice, but when the procedure needs to be done, he’ll make sure to use an appropriate form of sedation and gentle dental techniques so that you won’t have to worry about discomfort or complications during the procedure. Teeth can be removed for a few different reasons, such as irreparable damage or severe infections. Give us a call if you’re experiencing constant dental pain and are looking for a solution.
Root canals and dental crowns are often used in order to save teeth that have become infected or damaged. This way, the healthy tooth structure can be saved. However, in some situations, it can be better for your long-term health and wellbeing to extract a tooth. Here are some of the reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed:
When a tooth that needs to be extracted has fully emerged from the gums, we can perform a non-surgical extraction. After numbing the area completely with reliable anesthetics, we will use a clasping tool to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If a tooth has not fully emerged from the gumline, pulling isn’t usually a possibility. In this case, you will need to have your tooth surgically removed. During this procedure, a small incision will be made into your gums to allow us to reach enough of your tooth and remove it.
When you see us for a consultation, you can find out which type of extraction is ideal for your individual situation. This will also be the time to discuss possible tooth replacement options after your extraction. This way, you can avoid long-term dental issues caused by tooth loss.
Before you’re able to head home, we will give you specific aftercare instructions to help you recover comfortably and efficiently. Everyone is different, but here are some of the steps that we typically will recommend for optimal recovery:
A tooth extraction may sound somewhat scary at first, but we’re here to put your mind at ease. Removing one tooth and protecting the rest is sometimes the best option for your smile and health overall, and we go above and beyond to make the process as smooth as possible. If you have any questions at all, we’ll be more than happy to answer them personally during a consultation or your next appointment. In the meantime, we’ve answered some of the most common inquiries we get about tooth extractions below so you can learn more about them.
If you’ve ever heard the expression “It’s like pulling teeth” then you may be concerned about how painful your tooth extraction is going to be. Thankfully, you have nothing to worry about! We use the latest techniques to remove teeth, plus we will completely numb your mouth with a reliable local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. If you are particularly nervous, uncomfortable, or sensitive, we also offer nitrous oxide sedation to help patients feel relaxed, at-ease, and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Unfortunately, while extracting a tooth solves some problems, it creates others. Neighboring teeth will begin to shift into the empty space, causing a cascade of crooked teeth. Your risk of oral health issues like cavities and gum disease goes up, and your jawbone will gradually begin to deteriorate where the missing tooth’s roots once were. That’s why we highly recommend replacing a tooth once it’s been distracted. We will be happy to go over all our tooth replacement services before your extraction so you can keep your smile full and healthy.
Recovering from a tooth extraction will undoubtedly take time, but there are a few things you can do to speed up your healing time. First, make sure to get plenty of rest, avoid strenuous activity, and keep your head elevated. This will keep your blood pressure low and help the blood clot that’s formed over the empty socket in place. You should also avoid acidic things (mouthwash, juice, sour foods) to prevent irritating the extraction site and drink plenty of water to keep the area clear of bacteria. If you have questions or concerns about healing from your tooth extraction, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
While a tooth that needs to be extracted will usually be quite painful, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you may not feel the problematic tooth at all! However, just because you can’t feel it doesn’t mean it’s not a threat to your other teeth. A tooth may go numb if it’s been badly injured in an accident or if an infection goes untreated. Then, even though the tooth doesn’t hurt, it’s still collecting dangerous bacteria that can attack your other teeth. We only recommend a tooth extraction when it’s absolutely necessary, so please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions if you need more clarification!