Tooth extraction is considered a treatment of last resort but may be necessary for the long term health and stability of your smile. There are several main reasons for the recommendation of tooth extraction:
- Severe damage or decay: if a tooth is too damaged or decayed to perform a successful root canal, an extraction may be needed to restore your overall oral health and wellness.
- Crowding of teeth: if malocclusion has created tooth crowding, an extraction of one or more teeth may be considered the best option for realigning your bite and straightening your smile. This may be part of an orthodontic treatment plan.
- Impacted wisdom teeth: wisdom teeth begin to erupt in the teen years and may be impacted in the bone or affecting the alignment of your teeth. In most cases, extraction is recommended for your long term dental health.
Tooth extraction: what to expect
Although many patients experience anxiety when faced with an extraction, the procedure is typically simple and relatively painless with the use of a local anesthetic or dental sedation. Once complete, most patients will experience some swelling and discomfort which can be managed with over the counter pain medication and a soft diet for a couple of days.
The first step in the process is to clean and prepare the area and to make you comfortable and relaxed with the chosen form of sedation or a local anesthetic. Dr. Thompson will release the tendons holding the tooth into the socket with a special tool and then gently rock the tooth back and forth until it is able to slide out of the socket.
We will pack the open area with sterile gauze and provide after-care instructions so that you can recover at home with minimal side effects. Keeping the area clean and using cold compresses on the outside of the cheek can reduce bleeding and swelling in the initial hours after treatment.
If you experience a recurrence of bleeding, sudden or severe pain please contact us immediately so that we can asses the situation and provide appropriate guidance and care.