While always seen as a treatment of last resort, sometimes it becomes necessary to extract a tooth. Whether you have a tooth that is too damaged to repair or there is simply not enough room in your mouth, healthy teeth might be at risk and extraction could be the only way to protect your oral health.
If you have a tooth that is giving you trouble, give us a call at Downtown Dental. Dr. Richard Rathke has the experience and skill to determine whether extraction is the best option. If extraction is deemed necessary, he and his team will ensure the procedure is safe and comfortable for you.
Reasons You Might Need an Extraction
There are a number of reasons why it might be necessary to have a tooth pulled:
- If a tooth is severely decayed, your dentist will do everything possible to repair it with a filling or dental crown. In some cases, however, the tooth is too far gone and repair is not an option.
- Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted because they can cause problems. Sometimes they get stuck beneath the gum line and do not fully emerge. This is called impaction, and it can cause pain and swelling. In other cases, the wisdom teeth might emerge, but they don’t have enough room, so they end up pushing the other teeth in the mouth out of position. This is especially problematic after orthodontic work has been done.
- People who are undergoing orthodontic treatment might need to have teeth removed to make room for the proper alignment of the rest of their teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Although facing an extraction can be nerve-wracking, rest assured that the area will be completely numbed prior to the procedure so you will remain comfortable. You might feel some pressure at the site, but you will not experience any pain.
Taking Care of Yourself Afterward
It’s essential that you follow Dr. Rathke’s instructions after the extraction to promote healthy healing. You shouldn’t feel pain afterward, though you might experience some mild discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, are preferred. If you have any swelling, you can use an ice pack applied to your cheek over the extraction site. Take it easy in the hours and days following the extraction to give your body a chance to heal.
Be careful to avoid smoking and drinking through a straw after the extraction or you run the risk of loosening the clot that is forming over the extraction site. The sucking motion can cause a painful condition known as “dry socket,” which is a complication that will interfere with proper healing.
Stick to soft foods right after the procedure and avoid anything that is too hot or too cold. Gradually introduce foods into your diet as your healing continues.
Call Us to Find Out More about Tooth Extraction
If you have a bothersome tooth or are in pain from a toothache, call Dr. Rathke at Downtown Dental. He will conduct an examination to find out whether extraction is the best option. Don’t put off treatment. Call us today!