Tooth extractions are a common procedure, and they’re not just for the removal of wisdom teeth. In some cases of severe tooth decay or infection, the tooth must be removed before it begins to affect the rest of the teeth, or worse, the jaw bone itself. Although your Allen dentist prefers to let her patients keep their natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes they’re just more trouble than they’re worth.
Crowding is another reason a tooth may need to be extracted. When your teeth are crowding each other, they can cause pressure and movement, or may hinder orthodontic treatment. Patients who are getting braces, Invisalign, or six-month smiles at West Allen Dental may require the extraction of a few teeth to make room for the rest of their teeth as they shift and even out during the orthodontic treatment.
With sedation options available, and years of experience under her belt, Dr. Natchi can assure you that you’ll feel comfortable during your tooth extraction at West Allen Dental.
Tooth extractions can actually relieve your dental pain!
Basic extractions are relatively straightforward procedures. First, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that is being removed. Then, using a special tool called a dental elevator, Dr. Natchi will loosen the tooth from its socket. Finally, using forceps, she will gently pull the tooth out, completing the extraction.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that appear for most people during their late teens or early twenties. They often require extraction for a number of reasons; they may be impacted, growing in at the wrong angle and pressing on your existing teeth, or your mouth may simply not have room for them at all. For the extraction, you’ll be sedated and treated with a local anesthetic. Dr. Natchi will surgically extract the tooth, possibly cutting it into smaller pieces along the way. She’ll suture the extraction site shut and give you guidance on how to take care of the site for optimal healing.
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If you have a tooth that is severely decayed beyond what a root canal can fix, it may need to be extracted. This is especially true if the tooth is infected. Additional reasons why a tooth may need to be removed include crowding, impaction, and in some cases, for orthodontics to be successful.
It should only take a few days to recover from a tooth extraction if you follow Dr. Natchi’s aftercare instructions. If you’re still feeling pain after several days of recovery, it may be a sign of infection, or dry-socket. In this case, call us at (469) 242-9500 so we can see you as soon as possible to alleviate your pain and minimize the effects of infection.
Removing an infected tooth can save the rest of your smile.