After your tooth is damaged from injury, decay, or is knocked out from an accident, extraction may be the only option you have. There are other kinds of treatment that can work to repair the tooth such as fillings, crowns, inlays and onlays, or root canal treatment. If, however, the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction may be needed. Our dental professionals at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS will determine if extraction is the best option. Tooth extraction involves pulling a tooth from its socket. Our dentist performs tooth extractions professionally and safely. If extraction is not necessary, we recommend the right procedure to save the tooth.
Why Have Your Tooth Extracted?
People seek tooth extractions for a variety of reasons. If your bite is crowded, you may need to remove some of the teeth to create space for orthodontia. We recommend orthodontia when there is a misalignment of the teeth. Also, if the root of a tooth cannot break through the gums or come in, an extraction may be needed to make room for eruption. People who have an infection like decay or pulp damage may need tooth removal, particularly if it is so severe. When periodontal disease loosens your tooth to a point where it cannot hold itself firmly in the socket, you may have to pull it out.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
The tooth removal procedure varies depending on the complexity of the problem. It may be a simple pulling out of the teeth. Sometimes, surgery may be done. A dentist will administer an anesthetic agent to numb the area before pulling the tooth out. During the first visit, the dentist gets an x-ray to see how the tooth rests inside the gums and in the socket. The dentist will then pull the tooth or perform surgery to extract it.
After the Extraction
We recommend you ensure proper hygiene to prevent infection of the operated area. Sterile gauze is placed on the bite to reduce bleeding, hence allowing clotting to take place and the healing to begin. You may need medication to tackle any pain or discomfort after the extraction. Often, the procedure of pulling a tooth is not painful because you are under anesthesia. If after the extraction, the symptoms persist for long, you can come in or call our office immediately.
You only need a few days to recover from a tooth extraction. However, you may need to use an ice pack that you place on the area to reduce pain. Use the pain medications you are prescribed as instructed. Ensure you eat soft food since hard food can hurt the wound. It is also important that you get sufficient rest to ensure the recovery occurs as expected.
If you have a tooth that is severely damaged or you are expecting to get dental implants and need the remaining teeth to be pulled out, you can consult our team at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS. We ensure that your tooth-pulling experience is painless and the discomfort or pain that occurs after the extraction is properly tackled. Reach out to our office today at (512) 617-3361 to schedule your tooth removal appointment.