While most dentists will do anything possible to try and make sure that your natural teeth are healthy and last for your entire life, in many cases a tooth will be so damaged that your dentist will have to perform an extraction. Dental extractions can happen when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired, if there is an infection or a risk of an infection in the tooth itself, or if there is overcrowding in your mouth and your dentist needs to make room for your other teeth to shift. Although everyone has heard negative stories about tooth extractions, Jackson Family Dentistry will do all we can to make your visit comfortable and anxiety free. Having a tooth removed is a simple, safe procedure that can help reduce or remove dental pain and can increase the quality of your dental health.
Your dentist may decide a dental extraction is necessary for a wide range of reasons. If you have a tooth that is too decayed to support itself anymore, and unable to be restored, your dentist may recommend the tooth to be extracted. Our dental office will work hard to ensure that your teeth are preserved as well as possible, and in many cases extraction is a last resort option for damaged teeth.
Another reason that your dentist may call for an extraction is in the case of a tooth infection that cannot be easily treated with antibiotics or a root canal. If the infection has worked its way into the inside of the tooth, or the tooth itself poses a risk of further infection to the surrounding teeth, your dentist may have to remove the tooth for the safety of your entire mouth. Infection can happen through a variety of ways, from a cracked or abscessed tooth that was not properly treated, to a past extraction site that was not taken care of correctly that allowed for infection to reach the roots of surrounding teeth. Whichever is the case, removing the tooth is the best option to treat the infection and help keep the rest of your teeth safe and healthy. Probably the most common tooth extraction comes in the form of wisdom tooth removal. Generally in your late teen’s early twenties, wisdom teeth begin to show. This can pose a problem for your other teeth because there may not be enough room in your mouth for the wisdom teeth. This can cause the wisdom teeth to come in at an angle and force the other teeth to one side or the other. Removing wisdom teeth is a fairly quick procedure and our patients are back to their normal activities in a few days.
Finally, in the case of overcrowding in the mouth, your dentist may decide that an extraction is necessary to allow your mouth to adjust correctly. In this case, an extraction can happen for aesthetic reasons, such as to realign a tooth that is out of place, or for bite alignment reasons. If you have an overcrowded mouth that is causing bite alignment issues, you could be at risk for uneven enamel wear that leads to increased risk of decay and infection in your teeth. By removing one or two teeth and implementing braces or a retainer, your dentist can help realign your bite and make sure you have a healthy, beautiful smile again, without the pressure placed on your teeth due to dental overcrowding.
Before you sit down for the actual dental extraction, there are a few things that your dentist will want to go over first. In a consultation appointment, your dentist will conduct a thorough analysis of any troubled teeth that you may have, as well as the teeth surrounding the infected or damaged tooth or teeth. Your dentist will take x-rays to help determine the root structure of the infected tooth, and to determine if there are other factors at play to look out for. In some cases, a root canal can be used to save a damaged tooth without having the tooth extracted. However, talk with your dentist to see if this is a viable option, as for many broken or cracked teeth the easiest and wisest solution is total extraction. If your dentist decides that extraction is the correct route for your dental health, they will set up an appointment for you to come back in for the actual extraction.
During the actual extraction appointment, your dentist will apply either a localized anesthetic or use heavier sedation. Talk with your dental team about which anesthetic you would prefer for the procedure, as many people are more comfortable with a heavier anesthetic for longer procedures, such as the removal of multiple teeth. In the case of a single extraction, topical anesthetic will be used to help reduce discomfort and allow your dentists to remove the tooth without causing you undue pain. The site will be prepared and cleaned to allow the dentist to get a better view of the damaged tooth. Your dentist will prepare for the extraction of a single tooth or many teeth. Once the tooth or teeth are removed, the remaining gum socket will be cleaned and treated. If the socket itself is infected as well, there may need to be a clean-up of infected tissues in order to ensure that the infection does not return. After this, gauze pads will be applied to the socket or sockets to help with clotting and to absorb any residual fluids. Most tooth extractions are single-day outpatient procedures, so it is important to bring along a designated driver for after the procedure, as driving after anesthetic is inadvisable.
Your doctor will provide care and cleaning instructions for the extraction sites, such as gauze replacement tips and instructions on what foods you can and cannot eat. You should avoid foods that can get stuck in the extraction site, and not drink out of straws for the duration, as the sucking motion can dislodge clots which are needed for healing. Following your dentist’s instructions is key to making sure your healing process goes as smoothly as possible, without added risk of socket infection.
If you are unsure if you need a dental extraction, or have a problematic tooth you want to get inspected, make an appointment with our office today. Our team of friendly trained professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you set up a consultation appointment, so you can get back your dental health.
Our Dentist Office in Jackson Wisconsin, provides full dental care to clients throughout Okaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties, including the cities of Cedarburg, Colgate, Germantown, Grafton, Hartford, Hubertus, Jackson, Kewaskum, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Newburg, Richfield, Saukville, Slinger, Thiensville, West Bend, and the surrounding cities.
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Jackson, WI 53037