Protect Your Smile with a Necessary Tooth Extraction with Our 33406 Area Dentist
Tooth extraction is a dental treatment that involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure is usually performed when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired or if it is causing pain, infection or other complications. Tooth extraction may also be necessary for orthodontic treatment or to create space for a dental implant.
Before the extraction, our 33406 dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. If the tooth is impacted or difficult to remove, we may use sedation or general anesthesia to make the patient more comfortable during the procedure. Once the area is numb, we'll use special instruments to loosen the tooth from the socket and remove it. In some cases, we may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth.
After the extraction, we'll will place a gauze pad over the extraction site and ask the patient to bite down to help stop any bleeding. We then provide the patient with instructions on how to care for the extraction site at home. Patients may need to avoid certain foods and activities for a period of time to allow the site to heal properly.
It is common to experience some pain and swelling after a tooth extraction. We may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers. Applying an ice pack to the area can also help reduce swelling. It is important to follow the instructions provided for caring for the extraction site to prevent infection and promote healing.
Complications from tooth extraction are rare, but can include infection, excessive bleeding, and nerve damage. We highly encourage contacting Family Dentistry of Forest Hill if you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or signs of infection such as fever or chills.
Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that can help alleviate pain and prevent further dental problems. With proper care, most patients can expect to recover fully within a few days to a week after the procedure. If you have concerns about a tooth that may need to be extracted, talk to our 33406 dentist by calling (561) 585-5891 to discuss your options and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.