We execute tooth extractions with specialized expertise at Powell Pediatric Dentistry in Clovis. We’ll emphasize your comfort during treatment and make sure you can keep smiling.
Why Get a Tooth Extraction?
In some cases, you may have a tooth that cannot be saved by other dental means as recommended by your dentist. Some common reasons for extraction include:
- Tooth decay. If a tooth is suffering from decay, sometimes a root canal can remove the affected portion of the tooth, and the rest of the tooth can remain in place as a functional, healthy tooth. If this is not possible, we may need to extract or remove the tooth.
- Infection. A tooth infection can spread to other parts of the mouth and can eventually become a severe threat to your health. In this case, it’s essential to remove the infected tooth. We can sometimes address tooth decay at early stages. If not, we should extract the tooth.
- A tooth affected by trauma. An extraction may be necessary if your tooth has become loosened, cracked, or broken.
- The need to make space for other teeth. Sometimes teeth will grow in a way that will crowd your other teeth or affect your bite. Wisdom teeth are an example of teeth that sometimes push against other teeth, although wisdom teeth are not generally considered necessary. As recommended by your dentist, sometimes a tooth will need to be removed if crowding other teeth.
- Gum disease. When gum disease is present, you may be experiencing loss of bone and tissue which supports the tooth. In this case, extraction may be necessary to treat the infection and replace the tooth.
- Dental implants. If your dentist recommends dental implants (this could be for various reasons, including health-related or cosmetic), sometimes a tooth must be extracted before the implant can be set in place.
What is the Tooth Extraction Process?
Your dentist will first perform a thorough evaluation of your mouth as part of your consultation. They will review your dental and medical history before the procedure. Let your dentist know if you have any medication conditions, allergies, or any medications you’re taking. Antibiotics might be prescribed before the procedure to prevent infection. Local anesthesia will be applied to numb the pain. Varying levels of sedation may also be used depending on the procedure and dentist’s recommendations to help you relax.
We may perform the tooth extraction manually using a device similar to forceps or surgically. We will loosen the tooth from the ligaments and bone which hold it in place. Once it is loose enough, we can pull it out. If the tooth is impacted, the bone or gum covering it may need removal before the extraction.
How Painful is a Tooth Extraction Afterwards?
You may need a few days of rest at home to help you recover from the tooth extraction. Your pain level should not be severe during this stage, and you should quickly start to feel better over time. Please keep us informed on how you are feeling. We may prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to ensure comfort and prevent infection.
Do’s and Don’ts After Tooth Extractions
If you experience pain and swelling during recovery, you can apply an ice pack over the area outside the cheek. You can also rinse with warm salt water after a few days to promote healing and comfort. It would be best to eat a soft diet while your extraction site heals.
You can employ several methods to help you stay in good shape:
- Avoid rinsing vigorously
- Avoid using straws
- Brush and floss your untreated teeth as usual, but don’t brush or floss at the extraction site
- Avoid smoking; this can slow healing
Let your dentist know as soon as possible if you experience:
- Prolonged complications or pain
- Excessive discharge from the extraction spot
- Fever or chills
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
How Long Will It Take To Recover From Tooth Extractions?
Your treatment can generally resume around two weeks after the extraction. At this point, your dentist may perform dental implant installs to replace the tooth or a similar approach to restoring a healthy, functional, beautiful smile.
Contact Powell Pediatric Dentistry Today for an Appointment
Tooth extraction is a specialty of our highly-trained and experienced personnel. Please make an appointment with us today. We’ll explain why tooth extractions are nothing to be afraid of. You may find yourself wishing you had gotten the therapy sooner rather than later and wondering why you waited so long.
Powell Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Brent Powell is there for you in Clovis. Our professional, courteous, and welcoming approach ensures prompt, high-quality care. We use the latest technology and the most up-to-date best practices. Before, during, and after your treatment, we’ll keep you smiling.