Our dental team here at Avion Dental & Orthodontics does everything possible to help patients maintain their long-term oral health and protect the natural teeth they have. Unfortunately, there are some instances where a tooth removal is the best option going forward, even though it’s always considered a last resort for our dentists. If you’d like to learn more about the process and why you have nothing to fear when it comes to getting treatment completed, please give us a call and we’ll determine if an extraction is the best solution for your dental problem.
There are many instances where a tooth may need to be extracted. The most common reason, however, is due to severe damage caused by decay or physical trauma, such as a bad fall or sporting injury. In other cases, we may recommend tooth removal if a tooth has become impacted, which is when it becomes trapped underneath existing teeth as it erupts (common for wisdom teeth).
Other reasons we extract a tooth include the following:
Ahead of performing your tooth extraction, we’ll carefully plan each phase of treatment and confirm what type of extraction is needed beforehand. This ensures the procedure is as comfortable and predictable as possible.
To remove teeth, we first need to administer local anesthetic so that no sensation is felt during the actual procedure. Removing the tooth starts with breaking it from the periodontal ligament, which is gently done using a dental elevator. This rocks the tooth back and forth, making it easy to grab and take out using a pair of dental forceps. Once carefully removed from the mouth’s connective tissue, we’ll ask you to bite down onto a gauze pad so the socket can begin the healing process.
The most important thing you can do during aftercare is keep the extraction site clean. Not only will this prevent an infection from developing, but it will also speed up the healing process. You should be making sure to get plenty of rest the same day of treatment and take any and all medications prescribed by our office. Do not smoke or use straws for at least the first 48 hours after treatment. Once 24 hours have passed, you should rinse your mouth with saltwater (which is about 8 oz of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt) to keep it clean. When sleeping, keep your head elevated, which can easily be done by stacking multiple pillows to prop yourself up.