Even though teeth can remain healthy throughout your life with the proper care and hygiene, needing a tooth extraction is a common reason for a dentist visit. Tooth extraction may be done for several reasons, including extensive decay. At Gentle Dental, we take all the necessary steps to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible.
Reasons a Tooth May Have to Be Extracted
Dentists will do all they can to save your natural teeth. However, there are some situations when a tooth cannot be saved or should be extracted to protect your oral health. Additionally, teeth are sometimes removed for other purposes.
A few reasons a tooth may have to be extracted include:
- Extensive decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth impaction
- For cosmetic procedures
What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction at Gentle Dental Care
Tooth extractions are some of the most common procedures dentists performed. The procedure can be a bit different depending on the patient and the exact circumstances. However, you can expect several steps to occur once you are in the dentist’s chair:
1. You will get an x-ray and thorough exam first to determine if the tooth needs to be extracted
2. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the nerves surrounding the affected tooth
3. After a brief wait, the dentist will test your sensitivity levels to ensure you are numb
4. The dentist will use forceps and other tools to extract the tooth
5. You will be given gauze to bite against the extraction site to control bleeding
Common FAQs About Tooth Extractions
Do tooth extractions hurt?
We make every effort to keep you comfortable during an extraction. By administering local numbing agents to the nerves in your mouth, we eliminate the discomfort during the procedure. The numbness will gradually diminish once the tooth is extracted, so some pain is to be expected. However, most patients are comfortable with over-the-counter pain medicine and ice packs to keep swelling minimal.
How long does it take to recover after a tooth extraction?
Most patients recover within a day or two after tooth extraction. Be sure to follow aftercare instructions and take it easy for the first 24 hours.
What is a surgical tooth extraction?
Surgical tooth extraction is performed when the general extraction method is not possible because a tooth is broken below the gum line or is otherwise severely deteriorated. The procedure is done under anesthesia and incisions are made to remove the tooth.
Experience a Gentle Tooth Extraction
Even though getting a tooth pulled can be a little intimidating, entrusting the procedure to a skilled dentist makes all the difference. At Gentle Dental Care, our well-experienced dentist uses the most innovative techniques to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Reach out to us at Gentle Dental Care to schedule an appointment if you believe you need a tooth extracted.