Tooth Extractions at Crossroads Family Dentistry
Protecting Your Oral Health When A Tooth Extraction Is Necessary
Has a bothersome tooth or crowded smile encouraged you to find out more about tooth extraction? At Crossroads Family Dentistry we believe that tooth extraction should be performed only when absolutely necessary. Once it is determined that tooth extraction is needed for the health benefit of the patient, the process itself is relatively simple. When performed by an experienced dental professional the extraction does not take long and encourages quick healing within an average of 3-4 weeks. To best understand your eligibility for tooth extraction or to find out more about our process, give us a call at (405) 631-0322 and schedule a consultation.
Need a Tooth Pulled?
When a tooth is damaged, decayed or broken, restorative dentistry such as a root canal, dental crown or dental filling may be advised to repair the tooth. But for serious cases of decay or infection, a tooth extraction may be necessary. Before speaking with your dentist consider if you may share one or more symptoms typically associated with the need for tooth extraction:
Orthodontic Reasons For Tooth Extraction:
Crowded Teeth, Braces, or Supernumerary Teeth
In matters of orthodontic dentistry one or more teeth may have to be removed to create space for proper bite alignment using braces or Invisalign. The upper and lower jawbone may be too small to support all existing teeth. In other cases malpositioned teeth, or teeth that have grown in improperly and serve no beneficial function, may also require removal. For many patients, wisdom tooth extraction may be performed to reduce teeth crowding, maintain proper bite alignment and support healthier oral health overall.
Medical Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Tooth Decay, Infection, Dental Trauma or Illness
Due to neglect, age or exposure to infection or a dental injury, a tooth that cannot be repaired with restorative care may need to be pulled. As gum disease (periodontal disease) worsens over time an affected tooth can become loosened to the point where eventual removal becomes the only available option. Patients that suffer from certain illnesses or need an organ transplant, have experienced radiation from chemotherapy treatment, or have a weakened immune system may also need tooth extraction as a means of reducing risks of infection.
What to Expect Before Tooth Extraction
Understanding Your Modern Dental Treatment Options
At your appointment we’ll work with you to ensure that you feel safe and in control of your treatment options every step of the way. We’ll ask you about your medical and dental history and help answer your questions and meet your needs. If it’s decided that tooth extraction is necessary, you will be kept informed about what to expect before, during and even after treatment. We will also demonstrate how sedation dentistry or specially prescribed pain medications may help aid in the initial and post-treatment process. Should you have any questions about what to expect or how to improve your treatment process, talk to one of our staff members who are happy to help.
Our Tooth Extraction Process
Simple and Surgical Extractions
After careful preparation what is known as a simple extraction is typically used to remove a problematic tooth. During this process a local anesthetic can be used to numb any pain. Next, special dental forceps are used to grasp the tooth and gently move it back and forth, carefully loosening the tooth before final removal. In more complicated cases where a tooth is impacted (resting under the gum line) or must be removed in pieces, a surgical extraction may be recommended. After a tooth is extracted, the area may be sealed using a couple dissolvable stitches and you may be recommended to softly bite down on a pad of gauze to reduce bleeding.
Tooth Extraction Care
Healing Quickly After Treatment
After tooth extraction it’s important to keep in mind a few helpful tips to ensure fast and proper healing after treatment:
- Do not rinse your mouth for at least 24hrs after treatment
- Refrain from smoking, strenuous activity, spitting forcefully or drinking with a straw
- Do not consume hot or cold liquids or foods and slowly introduce soft foods
- After the first 24hrs, rinse gently with warm salt water after meals or before bed
- Apply a cold press to the cheek to reduce swelling and sleep on propped up pillows
- Take prescribed pain medications to reduce or eliminate pain
Tooth Extractions at Crossroads Family Dental
Oklahoma City tooth extractions are simple and effective thanks to our years of experience and specialized attention to detail. If you or a loved one is in need of restorative dental care, don’t wait for tooth pain or worsened health to catch up to your smile. Give us a call at (405) 631-0322 to schedule your appointment and get one step closer to better health overall.