Dental extractions are becoming more an more necessary as patients begin to live longer and as dental technology evolves to effectively and beautifully replaced severely decayed or damaged teeth.
If you have outdated fillings, or unaddressed gum disease that has spread – these conditions may also call for a dental extraction. By extracting one tooth you can help prevent the spread of decay and damage to nearby healthy teeth. Even patients with healthy mouths require dental extractions in order to alleviate crowding or to remove offending wisdom teeth.
As scary as having a tooth removed may sound – a dental extraction is completely routine and more common that you’d expect. There is no reason to fear having a tooth pulled, and with anesthesia you won’t feel a thing. If you are anxious about how you might handle the procedure generally, oral sedation may be available in addition to your anesthesia.
Once your tooth is surgically removed you will be given pain medication to take at home and information regarding how to care for your mouth while your gums heal. After your swelling has gone down, bleeding has stopped and your gum has healed it will be time to discuss your options for repairing the gap created by your tooth extraction. Common solutions include a dental implant or bridge.