A tooth needs to be extracted due to any of these reasons:
- Dental caries (cavities) that are too extreme for fillings, root canals, or crowns. This is considered “Deep Decay.”
- Failed endodontics (failed root canal)
- 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) or crowding of adjacent teeth that affects bite, comfort, and alignment of teeth
- Infection of the tooth or area of the mouth that extends deep into the pulp of the tooth
- Periodontitis – gum disease – which may cause inflammation or recession of the gums surrounding affected teeth, which causes your teeth to appear lengthened. In severe cases, this is a cause for tooth extraction
- Trauma to the tooth, such as root fracture, breaks, or dislodgment, that leaves it in poor condition and can’t be restored
- Loss of bone structure in the upper or lower jaw that causes a tooth to be loose
A tooth extraction can vary in complexity, but overall is a procedure that is done everyday in dental offices. The dentists at our facilities are quick, gentle, and skilled. The idea of pain associated with a tooth removal should not hinder you from getting an extraction performed because the dentists, hygienists, and assistants at our facilities will make sure you are comfortable at all times, before, during, and after the procedure.
Your dentist will numb the injection site so that not even the needle is felt and then numb the area of extraction generously so that you may experience some pressure, but shouldn’t experience any pain. Healing varies patient to patient, but after a tooth extraction, you’re able to go home that day and work the next.
Tooth removal before and after
Make sure to tell your dentist about all pre-existing health conditions prior to the extraction. Though having a tooth extracted is very safe, health complications such as heart problems and defects, major and minor surgeries, poor immune system health, liver disease, diabetes, and all prevalent health history as it may complicate or extend your treatment and recovery. To ensure a safe procedure, please share your medical history with your dentist.
Tips to heal / alleviate any post-procedure pain from a tooth extraction:
- Take any medications as prescribed to you
- Avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours as you may develop a dry socket (bone and nerve exposure from unsealed extraction site leaving an “empty” looking socket) from the negative pressure
- Avoid smoking and drinking as this may extend your recovery period or cause a dry socket to form
- Brush and floss like normal, but avoid the area where the tooth was extracted
- Apply an ice pack to our cheek for 10 minutes at a time to reduce swelling/discomfort
- As you heal, slowly introduce foods to your diet. Within the first 24 hours you may want to limit your diet to soft foods
Apply gauze if bleeding occurs in the extraction site and hold until a blood clot forms
If after several days, symptoms such as fever, severe pain, dry socket, or pus are occurring, please contact our office.