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Dental Extractions

While dentists will do everything in their power to save a tooth, there comes a point where teeth can become too structurally comprised to be worth saving. This is when a Dentist will advise that a tooth extraction needs to be performed. While it is a simple procedure, removing an infected or fractured tooth is imperative for maintaining dental health. Even though it’s often the case that these issues will cause a toothache, many problems leading to a tooth extraction can go undetected until a dental exam.

Wisdom tooth extraction is another common procedure many undergo. As the last set of molars to emerge, wisdom teeth often face issues like impaction, misalignment, or causing overcrowding. Wisdom tooth removal becomes essential not just to alleviate pain or discomfort but also to prevent potential complications in the oral cavity. It’s worth noting that while some experience noticeable symptoms, others might have underlying wisdom tooth issues that only become apparent during a routine dental exam.

Symptoms Indicating You Might Need a Dental Extraction

  1. Persistent Toothache: Continuous pain or discomfort.
  2. Swollen Gums: Redness or tenderness around a tooth.
  3. Loose Tooth: Especially in adults without trauma.
  4. Abscess Formation: Pus-filled swelling on gums.
  5. Chewing Pain: Discomfort when biting or eating.
  6. Impacted Teeth: Often seen with wisdom teeth not emerging properly.

Experiencing any of these symptoms should prompt a visit to our dental office for a thorough evaluation.

When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

A tooth may warrant an extraction for one of many different reasons. These reasons can include:

  • Tooth Decay or Infection
  • Gum Disease
  • Supernumerary Teeth
  • Fractured Teeth
  • To Fit Dental Prosthetics
  • Wisdom Teeth

Whatever the reason you may think a dental extraction is necessary to improve your dental health, our Dentists are able to provide advice for the best course of action when it comes to the treatment that is right for you.

Why are Dental Extractions Necessary?

  1. Preserves Oral Health: Prevents decay spread and maintains a healthy smile.
  2. Relieves Pain: Offers immediate relief from toothaches.
  3. Protects Against Gum Disease: Halts the progression of gum conditions.
  4. Prepares for Prosthetics: Optimizes the mouth for implants or dentures.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    As dental professionals, the comfort of our patients is one of our highest priorities. Tooth extractions are performed with local anesthesia in order to make sure the procedure is painless and as pleasant as possible. If you have concerns regarding health complications, it’s important to bring them up during your consultation. Following the procedure, our dentists will likely advise you to take over-the-counter or prescription medication to manage any soreness.

    For most extractions, our dentists will recommend 48 – 72 hours of downtime following the procedure for your gums to be able to close and begin healing. After that, it will likely take the soft tissue 3 – 4 weeks to fully heal. It’s during this time that it’s important to be very careful when it comes to avoiding brushing around the treatment area, rinsing your mouth, or any physical activity as it can be detrimental to the healing process.

    It’s normal to experience some swelling, mild pain, and occasional bleeding. OUR dentists will provide aftercare instructions to aid the healing process.

    Most of our patients report resuming to normal activities within 24-48 hours. It is generally advised to avoid strenuous activities for a few days.

    An hour post-procedure, you can take out the gauze pads from your mouth and consume small amounts of food. Ensure you stick to soft foods for the initial 24 hours and refrain from consuming hot items or using straws for the next few hours.
    While many view the removal of wisdom teeth as a customary practice, the truth is they only require extraction if they’re impacted or cause disruptions to your jaw or other teeth.