We all hope to keep our teeth for our entire lives, and most dentists will go to great lengths to save your tooth from extraction. But sometimes an extraction is the best option or necessary to preserve the health of the remaining teeth. In other cases, extraction might be necessary as preparation for some other oral procedure.
If you think you might need to have a troublesome tooth pulled, give Dr. Edward Sloyer and Dr. Brian J. Davis of Smile Designs of Long Island a call. Both doctors and their entire team of knowledgeable professionals work hard to ensure your tooth extraction is a comfortable experience with no pain.
How Tooth Extractions Are Performed
Dr. Davis and Dr. Sloyer are able to perform tooth extractions right here in their office. To make sure the procedure is painless for patients, local anesthesia is used to numb the area in question. Patients who are feeling anxious about the procedure can also opt for nitrous oxide.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous enables patients to completely relax during the procedure while still remaining fully conscious. Its effects are immediate and start working the moment it is breathed in. The effects wear off just as quickly once the breathing mask is removed.
To prepare the tooth for extraction, your dentist will loosen the tooth with special dental instruments until it is ready to be removed.
Once the tooth is removed, sutures might be used to help aid in healing the area. Mostly likely if you have sutures, they will be the kind that dissolve on their own.
When You Might Need a Tooth Extraction
Pulling a tooth is almost always a last resort, but here are some situations where it might be deemed necessary:
- The site needs to be prepared for dental implants.
- As part of treatment for gum disease.
- A tooth is infected.
- A tooth is inhibiting proper jaw function.
- As part of a plan for orthodontic treatment.
- A tooth is fractured.
What to Do after the Extraction
Caring for an extraction site after the procedure can be a bit worrisome because of the risk of dry socket. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions, including not sucking any liquids through a straw. This will help ensure that the blood clot that forms at the site will not become dislodged.
Although you shouldn’t feel any pain after the procedure, there might be some discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers will help you get through the initial hours. If you have any swelling, you can put ice packs on your cheeks for some relief.
Try not to touch the affected area with your tongue, and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the tooth was extracted. Limiting yourself to soft foods the first couple of days after the procedure will help make sure the site has a chance to heal.
Call Smile Designs of Long Island for More Information on Extractions
Although always a last resort, sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted. Call Dr. Sloyer or Dr. Davis to find out if extraction is your best option for a problematic tooth.