A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. We perform extractions for a variety of reasons. If you have tooth decay, or tooth structure that is destroyed to a point that renders the tooth non-restorable, removal is sometimes the best option. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth removal is also routinely performed. Lastly, we remove some permanent teeth when needed to make space for orthodontic treatment.
After your tooth has been removed you will probably be sore and possibly swollen for several days. To make this period as comfortable as possible we typically prescribe painkillers and recommend that you regularly rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce swelling as well as eat only soft foods. It is important to take a few days to relax by avoiding physical exertion which can cause bleeding.
“A tooth extraction should be done as soon as possible to avoid the spread of infection and more serious problems. In cases in which a root canal treatment might not save the tooth, your dentist may recommend that the tooth be removed and a bridge or implant installed.” – WebMD
As always, the doctors and our staff work towards making sure you have the healthiest mouth possible.
Please contact us for a consultation concerning your tooth discomfort.