A tooth may need to be removed for several reasons. Some extractions are to make room in the mouth before orthodontic treatment. A tooth which has sustained extensive, irreparable damage may have to come out. Advanced gum disease impacts the health and stability of teeth. If this condition progresses to a point where a tooth is no longer adequately supported, it will need to be removed. We perform tooth extractions for patients in and around Kennesaw, after investigating other solutions to their dental problems.
The team at Thirty-Two Dental understands the patient’s need for peace of mind during all forms of treatment. We explain the process of tooth extraction and answer questions, before beginning treatment. This procedure is performed under local anesthetic, so all that is felt is a bit of pressure. The dentist uses a precise, gentle technique to gradually urge the tooth out, ensuring your comfort. In many cases, extractions are completed in just a few minutes. In situations where more than one tooth is being removed, treatment may take about an hour.
After a tooth has been removed, we place a gauze pad over the area. You bite down on it to transfer gentle pressure to the socket, reducing bleeding and prompting the formation of a clot. If necessary, the gauze may be changed, and then removed after just a few hours. Some soreness in the jaw may occur, due to the force used in extracting a tooth. Discomfort is easily managed with over the counter pain medication.
To promote healing at home:
- Take a day or two to rest, putting off heightened physical activity until the socket has begun to heal.
- Do not drink from a straw for the first day after tooth extraction.
- Do not smoke or spit for a few days after treatment.
- Eat foods that are cool and soft, such as yogurt or cottage cheese.
- Rinse the mouth using only warm salt water for the first twenty-four hours. Plain water can inhibit clot formation. Rinse after eating or drinking.
Typically, healing from tooth extraction is quite uneventful, with new gum and bone tissue growing into the socket in a few weeks. When appropriate, we will discuss options for tooth replacement after an extraction.
We want you to have your best smile. Contact Thirty-Two Dental for an appointment.