Getting Your Tooth Pulled? Here are 5 Tips for Tooth Extractions

tooth extraction is primarily performed by an oral surgeon, general dentists or periodontists. Our dentists and staff at Celebrity Smiles are highly-skilled and experience to perform dental extractions.  The best option for everyone is to keep your natural teeth.

An extraction may need to be performed if there is excessive tooth decay, trauma, infection, or crowding. But rest assured, a tooth extraction will always be the last option. Our staff will diligently work to save your natural teeth.

Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

There can be many reasons for a tooth needing to be removed. Often times an extraction is necessary just to keep the rest of your teeth and gums healthy so that your oral health is not compromised. Reasons to remove your tooth may include one or all of the following:

Severe Tooth Trauma

When an accident happens and the patient requires dental treatment, the first option is always to preserve their natural teeth. Treatments such as dental bonding, crowns, bridges, or veneers may be recommended. However, if the dental issue is severe, tooth extraction may be required.

Severe Tooth Decay

Severe tooth decay occurs when decay from plaque and tartar build-up reaches the center of the tooth which is the pulp.  The bacteria produced by the decay can destroy the pulp and cause an infection. Infection of the pulp will lead to many different oral health conditions including severe pain, gum infections, and periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease

Your gums can become infected when bacteria get in between your gums and your teeth. As a result, they may become swollen, painful and start to bleed.  This early stage is referred to as gingivitis and can typically be treated by simply removing the bacteria and performing a deep cleaning.

For more severe periodontal disease, however, it can cause your gums to start to recede and pockets to be created in your gum tissue. Bacteria can gather in these pockets and spread from the gums into your bone structure, which will eventually make your teeth and jawbone weaker. The extraction will prevent the further spread of periodontal disease.

Impacted or Overcrowded Teeth

Our orthodontist will only recommend a tooth extraction when it is truly necessary, either to relieve pain, improve function or to allow a successful Invisalign treatment. Overcrowding happens when there’s no more space for your teeth to grow in proper alignment. Impacted teeth usually occur when wisdom teeth come in and begin to grow sideways into existing teeth, making it uncomfortable to chew or causing pain.

1. Preparation for Your Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are simple procedures that are performed on a daily basis by our dentist in El Paso, TX. Before you undergo an extraction, we will cover the procedural steps with you so that you will know what to expect. You will also have the opportunity to ask any as many questions as you like about the extraction before treatment. The procedure will be done with a local anesthetic, so you may inquire whether or not you should eat much beforehand if you are not already notified.

If you have developed any new infections or mouth sores, notify our office immediately so that we can make sure to treat the situation. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, the procedure will be more complex beacuse the teeth usually haven’t erupted through the gumline yet. You also may not be able to eat anything for 12 hours before the procedure so that food does not interfere with the anesthesia or make you nauseous.

2. Pain Control

Generally, all that you will need following your surgery for pain control are over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen are. Our dentist will determine which medications for you to use depending on your personal situation. It will be important to stay on the schedule of medication provided by our staff in the first few days following your surgery. Getting behind on medication may result in unnecessary pain.

3. Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Aftercare for an extracted tooth can vary depending on a few factors such as which tooth was extracted, how deep the root is, and how long it will take to heal. For most people, any discomfort will subside after about 3 days. Maintaining the blood clot that forms in the socket is key to the healing process. So following our doctor’s orders will be vital.

The first 2 days of care will be the most crucial and will involve plenty of rest, replacing the gauze on the exposed socket, avoiding rinsing, a medication regimen, using a cold press, etc. You will be given a list of instructions by our dental staff that will explain all of your personal post extraction aftercare.

4. Tooth Replacement Options

Missing teeth can cause a number of oral health problems such as not being able to properly chew, speak, or even smile. A missing tooth will change your bite, cause your jawbone to recede, and may also result in looking older. While a dental implant is usually the best option for tooth replacement, that dentist might also suggest a dental bridge, partial or full dentures, or bone graft.

5. Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation!

Call us today at 915.595.3333, or visit our Contact Us page to send a message. Our staff is proffessional and patient. We can answer any questions you have about tooth extraction, dental insurance, or financing options we have available to all of our patients in the El Paso region. Call today!