When Is A Tooth Extraction Needed?
Generally, we recommend treatments that will save teeth, but when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, a dental extraction is the best choice. Dental extraction might be best for:
- Teeth that are fractured below the gum line.
- Severe tooth decay.
- Advanced periodontal disease.
- Primary teeth that are too crowded or not falling out properly.
- An impacted wisdom tooth.
Before we start the extraction procedure, we may offer nitrous oxide to relax you, and we’ll numb the area with anesthetic to keep you comfortable. After several minutes, we check the area to make sure that it’s completely numb. During the procedure, you’ll feel pressure when the tooth is removed, but you shouldn’t feel pain at all. If you do, we’ll stop and give you more anesthetic.
To remove the tooth, we’ll use an instrument called an elevator, which is placed next to your tooth and is used to gently loosen it. Then, we use forceps to grip the tooth carefully and remove it.
Taking Care Of Yourself After The Extraction
To minimize problems after your tooth is removed, you’ll need to follow our post-operative instructions carefully, especially for the first 24 hours. These instructions will explain how to control bleeding, how to relieve pain and minimize swelling, how to prevent dry socket, and what to eat and not eat.