The thought of having a tooth removed can be an exceptionally daunting one as we always associate it with pain. Here at Sarasota’s Best Dental Implants, we will make sure we do our absolute best to make this a quick mand easy with as little pain as possible. There are anaesthetic options you can opt for to help ease the pain, which can be discussed with our medical professionals at the scheduled time of your appointment. It is always recommended that you have a tooth removed as soon as required to avoid any infection or further infection.
A number of reasons can cause the need for a tooth to be removed. Sometimes there is overcrowding in the mouth, causing teeth to move on angles to accommodate the teeth in your mouth. Other times it could be molars coming through which will impact the appearance and location of the current teeth in your mouth. Other causes can include poor oral hygiene, severe decay, gum infections or impacted teeth. Impacted teeth are those that the gum has not opened up for and are thus trapped within your gums. Occasionally accidents that impact the face can require teeth to be removed if they are damaged beyond repair and are unable to be preserved.
Once it has been identified that a tooth requires replacement, anesthetic will be provided to the patient. Generally, this is a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Once the area is identified as numb, an incision may be required to remove any gum if the tooth is impacted in any way. Your dentist will then slowly start to move to the tooth to loosen the connection from the tooth to the jawbone. If the tooth is exceptionally hard to pull, the practitioner may be required to remove the tooth in separate pieces. Once removed a blood clot will form and your dentist will have you bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. You will be advised of each step of the process as it is happening.
Should you not wish to leave a gap in your smile, there are a number of options for prosthetics. These have been outlined in our other service pages titled, Dental Implants, Dental Bridge, Dentures. Heading over to these pages will give you a detailed description of what each of these involve and may give you an understanding of how you would like to proceed. Your dental professional will be able to discuss these options with you at the time of extraction, which may make you feel a little bit more comfortable having the tooth removed if you know your options.
After a tooth has been extracted, discomfort is expected for a few days. Taking pain killers can assist you over these few days as directed by your health care professional. Using an ice pack on the affected area for no longer than 20 minutes can help to reduce swelling, however a warm compress may be used afterwards if this makes the jaw feel stiff. Avoid using a straw, spitting or smoking after removal as this can cause the wound to open. If stiches are required, your dentist may use dissolvable stitches and will talk you through this process at the time of your procedure.