Our teeth were meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes an extraction is the best option.
Although most dentists will go to great lengths to save a tooth, if the health of your remaining teeth is at risk, they might recommend that a tooth be pulled.
If you are in pain or you have other reasons for believe your tooth might need to be pulled, call Amoskeag Urgent Dental Care of New Hampshire. Our doctors and entire team of knowledgeable professionals will examine you to determine whether or not pulling the tooth is your best option. If it is, they will work hard to ensure your tooth extraction is a comfortable, pain-free experience.
When You Might Need a Tooth Extraction
You probably don’t expect to lose a tooth, but sometimes it is necessary. Here is a list of situations that might call for a tooth extraction:
- We are preparing your mouth for dental implants.
- A tooth is fractured beyond repair.
- You are being treated for gum disease.
- Orthodontic treatment is planned.
- There is a tooth preventing you from having proper jaw function.
- A tooth is infected and a root canal will not save it.
How Your Dentist Will Perform Your Extraction
Getting ready for the extraction process usually involves your dentist either breaking up the tooth into small pieces or loosening the tooth with a dental instrument before pulling it.
Our dentists are able to perform tooth extractions right here in the office. We use a local anesthesia to numb the site before getting started so the procedure is pain-free.
Patients who are nervous about the procedure can also opt for sedation. We offer oral sedatives that can make patients feel calmer and more comfortable with their procedures. We can discuss available options with you at your consultation.
Sutures are often used to help the extraction site to heal; generally, self-dissolving sutures are used.
Taking Care of Yourself after the Extraction
The biggest worry after an extraction is the risk of dry socket, a complication that occurs when the blood clot that forms at the site is dislodged. Following your doctor’s instructions, including not sucking liquids through a straw, will help you avoid this unpleasant complication.
Avoid touching the affected area of your mouth with your tongue. Stick to soft foods for the first couple of days and don’t chew on the side of your mouth where the tooth was extracted.
Most of our patients report feeling no pain after the procedure. If you are experiencing discomfort, we recommend over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice packs can help if you have any swelling.
If you are experiencing pain, give our office a call right away.
Call Us for More Information on Extractions
Although always a last resort, sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted. Call Amoskeag Urgent Dental Care of New Hampshire to find out if extraction is your best option for a problematic tooth.