In rare cases, tooth removal is the best way to safeguard your healthy smile.
You and the Spring Dental team may determine that you need a tooth extraction. If your dentist tells you an extraction is necessary, there’s no need to worry. Our experienced professionals will always use a gentle approach, and provide you with the patient comforts you need to have a pleasant procedure.
Any time dental restorations cannot save a tooth, it is important to extract and restore the tooth before problems spread to the rest of your smile. Potential reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Teeth that are severely decayed
- Teeth that have advanced gum disease, or periodontitis
- Teeth that are broken in ways that cannot be repaired
- Teeth that are poorly positioned in the mouth and are causing pain or misalignment
The Extraction Process
We will help you schedule your appointment at a time that is convenient for you. We even offer evening and weekend hours to make your experience easy.
Your dentist will provide a local anesthetic and sedation options before we begin. We want to guarantee your utmost comfort!
Your dentist will rock the tooth back and forth to widen the socket, and then gently pull it out. If the tooth is under the gums, your dentist will divide the tooth into sections and remove it one section at a time. You should feel pressure, but no pain during your procedure.
Post-Procedure Home Care
We don’t stop working with you after the procedure. If you have any questions about maintaining your comfort during the healing process, give us a call right away.
- Bite down firmly on a piece of moist gauze after the procedure for 45 minutes.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the procedure.
- Avoid using a straw, smoking, or drinking hot liquids.
- Place ice on the outside of the area to reduce swelling. We suggest on for 10 minutes, and off for 20 minutes, repeated as long as you feel necessary.
- You may use non-prescription pain relief medications to decrease pain.
- Keep your chewing away from the extraction site for at least 24 hours.
- Avoid brushing the teeth near the extraction site for one day, and then resume gentle cleaning.
Your recovery process should not be much longer than a couple weeks. You should be able to resume your normal activities a day or two after the procedure.
Guiding You Through Smile Improvement
We will go above and beyond to make your extraction process convenient and comfortable for you. Trust the experts of Spring Dental with your smile! Call today!