Extraction is done to remove a tooth that has been affected by trauma or crowding. The procedure is simple enough. If a client comes to our clinic for extraction, our dentist will numb the area to lessen discomfort. The procedure is performed, then you will be advised about the post-extraction regimen. If you want to get your tooth extracted, you may visit our office Fairmount Dental Center to consult our dentist.
A Common Cause of Extraction: Crowded Teeth
Our dentist can recommend tooth extractions to have you ready for orthodontia. The procedure allows your teeth to realign properly. Usually, this procedure is recommended if your teeth are too large for your mouth. Similarly, sometimes a new tooth doesn’t come out easily from the gum as the mouth does not have enough space. Then, our dentist will recommend the same procedure.
A Common Cause of Extraction: Infection
Sometimes tooth decay can go all the way to the pulp, which is at the center of the tooth. This could be due to a bacterial infection. Our dentist can help you with that through root canal therapy (RCT). However, sometimes RCTs don’t help. That’s when extraction comes in.
Expectations from Tooth Extraction
Before our dentists perform extractions, local anesthesia is used to numb the area. Sometimes our dentists will use strong anesthesia, which lets you sleep throughout the procedure. Our dentist will remove a bit of the gum and bone tissue to remove the tooth gently. During the procedure, a blood clot may form. To deal with this, our dentist will put a gauze pad in your mouth to prevent bleeding.
Important Points to Tell Your Doctor
Before you get your tooth extracted, you should let our dentist know about any damaged heart valves or congenital heart defects. Patients with an impaired circulatory system and liver disease should also let us know to prevent any infection during the procedure.
Types of Extraction
Our dentists will suggest either dental extraction or surgical extraction. This will depend on the amount of damage to your tooth. Dental extractions are performed on visible teeth, whereas surgical extractions are performed on a non-accessible tooth, like a wisdom tooth.
Before our dentist performs an extraction, they need to check the extent of the damage. This is done through an X-ray. Our dentists will also take your medical history so that we can ensure your overall condition is fit for the procedure.
After the procedure, our dentist will guide the recovery process. This will include minimizing discomfort to reduce infection and hasten recovery. Our dentist will prescribe painkillers. They will also recommend an ice pack to put on the affected area to prevent swelling. Furthermore, strenuous mouth activity will not be recommended. Soft foods, like bread, will be recommended along with regular gurgling using a solution of half of a teaspoon of salt in warm water. Last but not least, the patient should avoid drinking from a straw as the suction can disturb the wound from healing.
Contact Us Today
Our dentists at Fairmount Dental Center are qualified for all types of extractions and other dental procedures. We have created an environment where you can communicate with the staff openly about your desired procedure. Contact us at (503) 967-0877 now to book an appointment for a dental extraction.