Most teeth extractions are routine procedures that can eliminate pain and infection.
We make Teeth Extractions easy at Aria Dental
At Aria Dental, we advocate getting regular dental checkups and maintaining good oral hygiene to keep your natural teeth healthy. Sometimes there are situations where teeth cannot be saved and need to be extracted. These situations can arise due to advanced decay, infection, trauma, or other causes. When the time comes to have a tooth removed, we know how important it is for you to have the most comfortable experience possible. We strive to make our patients feel as relaxed as possible during their dental treatment.
Wisdom teeth usually begin to erupt between 17 to 21 years of age. For some people, wisdom teeth erupt normally with little to no discomfort. Unfortunately, many people do experience problems with their wisdom teeth. Some of these problems include pain, erupting crooked, gum irritation and compromise of the adjacent teeth. Early diagnosis and removal of the wisdom teeth can help prevent some of these problems from occurring. If you are already experiencing pain, then it may be a sign that the wisdom teeth need to come out.
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When Are Teeth Extractions Recommended?
At Aria Dental, we value your teeth, and we know you do as well. If we recommend a tooth extraction for you, please understand that we do not take it lightly. The goal of a tooth extraction is to remove a tooth that cannot be meaningfully saved or repaired before it has a chance to cause problems for your other teeth.
Some of the situations where we might recommend a tooth extraction include:
- Infection: If a tooth has sustained a significant amount of decay, then it might not be possible for us to clean it thoroughly to the point where we can place a filling. If we cannot clean the tooth, then we cannot fill the cavity. If the infection or decay is severe, then we might recommend an extraction.
- Severe Trauma: There are situations where a traumatic accident could cause someone to require a tooth extraction as well. There are some situations where chips and cracks can be repaired using veneers; however, if the trauma is particularly severe, the best option might be to remove the tooth.
- Overcrowding: There are also situations where we might recommend an extraction because the teeth have become extremely crowded. For example, a child might have too many teeth. Or, you could have teeth that overlap one another. If we want to straighten the teeth, we might need to remove a few teeth first.
We handle tooth extractions on a case-by-case basis. Those with dental concerns might require a tooth extraction, but they are not necessarily right for everyone.
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Do Teeth Extractions Hurt?
Of course, one of the most common questions we get asked is whether a tooth extraction is going to hurt. Please understand that we do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible before we remove the tooth.
We can use local numbing agents to dull the pain before the procedure begins.
Keep in mind that it will not be possible for us to completely remove all possible sensations to the area before we remove the tooth; however, the easiest way to describe the feeling is that it is a sensation of pressure, not necessarily one of pain.
If you have concerns about pain prior to the extraction, we would be happy to talk about it with you. We might be able to make alternative arrangements with you, and this could be particularly useful for those who might require more than one extraction. This frequently comes into play if you have wisdom teeth that need to come out.
What Happens After the Extraction Is Done?
After the tooth has been removed, our care is not yet finished. We need to put you in the best possible position to recover. It is not unusual for the socket to bleed a bit after the extraction, but we will use sterile gauze to stop the bleeding.
If you had a numbing agent administered, we might recommend that you avoid eating or drinking for a little while until you get your feeling back in your mouth. If you had multiple teeth removed, we might give you a special diet.
It is also not unusual to have a bit of swelling after an extraction. This is particularly true for wisdom teeth removals, as we may need to cut into the gum tissue to remove them.
We may talk to you about medications and infection control measures you might need to take. Finally, we might also talk with you about options to replace the teeth that were removed.
If they were baby teeth, or if they were wisdom teeth, this might not be necessary; however, if this was a permanent, adult tooth, you might like to learn more about dental implants that can help you fill the gap in your teeth. We would be happy to discuss your options with you.
Trust Aria Dental for Help With Your Teeth Extractions
If you are concerned that you might need to have one or more of your teeth removed, we are here to help you. We understand that there are situations where a tooth might need to come out, and we will be with you every step of the way.
We will clearly explain the procedure to you, answer all questions you might have, and make sure you make the best possible decision for your overall health. If you would like to learn more about whether a tooth extraction is the right decision for you, contact us today to make an appointment!