Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary in cases where the tooth is badly damaged from disease or trauma. Some reasons why people need tooth extractions include a fractured or broken tooth, a tooth infection that has spread to the pulp, loose teeth caused by periodontal disease, and severe overcrowding.
While we will make every effort to save your tooth, if an extraction is deemed necessary, we can promise you a comfortable, pain-free procedure and thorough aftercare. After we extract your tooth, we can replace it with a dental implant so that your smile will look and feel as good as new!
Tooth extraction recovery tips
You will not feel any pain while we extract your tooth, but recovery after a tooth extraction may take a few days. Follow these tips for a positive result and reduced pain in the days after a tooth extraction.
- Follow the dentist’s aftercare instructions, including dietary suggestions and other advice.
- Don’t smoke.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously.
- Avoid drinking through a straw (for at least 24 hours).
Preventing tooth extraction
In most cases, tooth extraction is avoidable if you take efforts to keep your teeth and gums healthy. To avoid extractions, be sure to do the following:
- Brush and floss twice daily.
- Get a professional dental cleaning and checkup every six months.
- Protect teeth with a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
- Don’t chew on hard objects like ice or unpopped popcorn kernels.
- Make a dentist appointment when tooth pain starts – don’t wait to see us until it’s too late to save the tooth!
Emergency tooth extraction
In some cases, tooth extraction can be an emergency. If you’re in an accident where your teeth are broken or knocked out, or you are experiencing incredibly severe pain in a tooth, it’s important to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible.
Following a serious tooth fracture caused by trauma, it is recommended to see a dentist within an hour of the injury. Before you can get to the dentist, use a cold compress and rinse your mouth with salt water. Take acetaminophen for the pain (aspirin or ibuprofen can increase bleeding).
If one of your teeth is knocked out, rinse the tooth off and if possible, place the tooth back into the socket carefully and bite down to keep it in place until you see a dentist.
If you think you need an emergency dentist visit, please contact us. If we’re unable to see you immediately, we’ll let you know where you can go for fast help.