Tooth Extraction

At The Smile Center we do all we can to keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful. But sometimes accidents happen, and a tooth is lost. Or you and your dentist have done all you can to save a tooth, or you have a problem wisdom tooth, and you decide to extract the tooth before it causes other problems to adjacent teeth, gums, or your facial bone structure.

Dentists will only extract a tooth if there are no other options. Common dental problems leading to having a tooth extracted include:

  • Teeth are blocking other teeth from coming in – including extra baby teeth or impacted wisdom teeth.
  • A tooth or gum is severely infected, and a root canal will not be effective in resolving the infection.
  • A tooth or teeth are crowding others, preventing sound attachment of braces for straightening and aligning teeth.

Most tooth extractions are simple extractions, where your dentist gently loosens the tooth and removes it with forceps. This procedure usually requires only local anesthetic and is often completed in less time than a regular dental checkup!

In some cases a surgical extraction may be needed if:

  • The tooth has is abscessed or infected in its pulp
  • The tooth is broken off or infected at the gum line.
  • The tooth is impacted
  • The tooth ’s roots interfere with biting or chewing

During a surgical extraction, local or injected anesthetics may be applied. In either case, the procedure won’t be painful – you’ll feel pressure, pulling and tugging.

Wisdom tooth extraction is very common and may require surgical extraction in some cases. Though everyone is born with wisdom teeth, not all wisdom teeth will erupt (grow in), and many people do not have or experience the eruption of all four wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are frequently pulled because they are impacted (fully developed below the gum line) and may cause rot of the tooth and surrounding tissue and gums. They may become too crowded against other teeth, causing alignment and bite issues, and in some cases can be very painful.

Your oral surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to treat or prevent infection and may prescribe a short-term prescription-strength painkiller. Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will help relieve pain. Alternating cold packs with warm compresses may alleviate pain or discomfort.

Patients should never smoke after extraction, use straws, chew gum, or use drinking straws, as it increases the risk of dislodging the healing blood clot at the site of the extraction.

The friendly staff and dental professionals at the Smile Center Family Dentistry will gently guide you through our tooth extraction and post-extraction care.

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