What Is A Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is one of the most routine dental procedures that Lakeview Dental Care performs. Teeth are removed for both preventative and restorative reasons, which include:
- Extreme tooth decay
- Problematic wisdom teeth
- Damaged or broken teeth
- Baby teeth blocking adult teeth
- Teeth that “come in” incorrectly
- Root infections
- Severe gum disease
- Making space for shifting teeth during orthodontic treatment
Preparing for Extractions
Before the procedure, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to determine exactly what your situation requires. If the dentist believes that you need to have one or more teeth removed, they will numb the areas by providing a local anesthetic.
We have additional anti-anxiety and sedation options available if you feel it would make you more comfortable. If you choose these options for your surgical procedure you will need to arrange a ride home following the procedure.
Important Things to Discuss with Your Dentist
While tooth extractions are extremely common procedures, there are certain medical conditions that patients should discuss prior to any procedure. Prior to any extraction procedure, it is vital you disclose any health conditions you have to your dentist in order to avoid exacerbating any health problems. If you have any conditions that may affect your heart, lungs, joints, bones, or immune system, talk with your dentist to decide if tooth extraction is right for you.
It is important that you do not stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
Following the procedure, it is very important you follow instructions from your dentist and take proper care of the extraction site. In order to optimize healing after your procedure, we recommend you:
- Eat soft foods (yogurt, pudding, eggs) in the days following the procedure, slowly reintroducing solid foods as you heal. Avoid extremely hot or spicy foods
- Rinse your mouth with a light saltwater mix (starting at least 24 hours after the procedure)
- Prop your head up with pillows while lying down
- Control bleeding and change dental gauzes when necessary
- Apply ice to the extraction site periodically to minimize swelling
- Take medication as prescribed by your dentist
When to Call the Dentist After Your Procedure
Once the tooth is removed, the empty socket will clot and the bleeding will stop. It is very important that nothing happens to this blood clot as this is the first step in healing. If you experience any additional bleeding or the clot gets dislodged, contact your dentist right away.
If you have any questions or concerns after the procedure, please give us a call. Our experienced team of dentists is here for you!
Following the procedure, Lakeview Dental Care will call within 2 days to check up, see how you’re feeling, and answer any questions you may have. Lakeview Dental Care will also schedule a check-up appointment with you two weeks after the procedure to make sure everything is looking good.
In the days and months following your dental extraction, you may experience changes in your teeth and jawbone. In order to prevent the newly opened space in your mouth from negatively impacting your quality of life, we can provide you with options like dental bridges or implants. Contact us today to learn more about your options!