All dentists hope to help patients keep their natural teeth healthy throughout life. In some cases, however, teeth require extraction so that a patient’s mouth can be as healthy as possible. When tooth extraction is necessary and unavoidable, the dentists at Value Dental Center in Queen Creek, AZ, use contemporary techniques to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
The most common reasons for tooth extraction are:
- Wisdom tooth impaction, infection, or optional removal
- A break at the root
- Preparation for dentures
- Preparation for orthodontics
- Relieve crowding
- Tooth has died
- Tooth is irreparably infected
- Compromised immune system (chemotherapy)
Tooth Removal Process
After you’re made comfortable in the dentist’s office, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth in the area around the tooth, as well as the tooth itself. Before removing the tooth, the dentist will trim away connective tissue and rock the tooth back and forth, loosening it from the socket. In some situations, a molar will be sectioned and removed in parts.
After the tooth extraction, the dentist may place a few stitches, but usually this is unnecessary. We will pack the extraction site with gauze and ask that you bite down to apply some pressure. This will help a blood clot form, to stop the bleeding. It is imperative that you follow after care instructions to avoid infection, dry socket, and other potential complications that could arise in the event of improper postoperative care.
In most cases, patients can return to work a day or two after tooth extraction. Plan to spend the days following your procedure at home, resting and recuperating.
Replace the gauze pad on the extraction site when it becomes saturated. Ice should be applied for 20 minutes, then removed for 40 minutes. Repeat this process many times the day of surgery. You’ll be provided with instructions regarding medication for pain management.
Keep your head elevated and consume only soft foods, such as yogurt, soups, and ice cream. When brushing your teeth, avoid the extraction site for the first few days.
For the first 48 hours after tooth extraction, absolutely do not:
- Drink from a straw
- Lift heavy objects (including children and pets)
- Rinse vigorously
- Spit forcefully
If you experience fever, chills, or severe nausea and vomiting after tooth extraction, call our office immediately.
Within two weeks, you should not even notice that you had an extraction, other than the missing tooth. If your tooth was not extracted to reduce crowding or in preparation for orthodontics or dentures, talk with the dentist about replacement options. Not replacing the tooth could result in other teeth shifting out of place, which may cause malocclusion and jaw pain.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you have a toothache, want a second opinion on extraction, or are searching for a compassionate, affordable dentist’s office, call Value Dental Center Queen Creek today to schedule an appointment. We will take time to talk with you about your dental concerns and comprehensively evaluate your oral health. Together, you and the dentist can determine a treatment plan that will give you good oral health and a gorgeous smile.