Is Tooth Extraction Right for You?
It is always our priority to try and save your damaged or decayed tooth. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here at Rockwall Oral Surgery, tooth extraction is our move when the tooth cannot be saved. We know this can be a scary or uncomfortable thought because no one wants to lose a tooth. Sometimes you can experience tooth extraction pain. But the plus side is that we offer replacement options to help restore the functions of your smile!
Possibilities of Tooth Extractions
When we are considering tooth extraction because of your tooth pain and trying to decide the best procedure for you, here are two options we have for tooth extractions:
Non-surgical tooth extraction is a removal of a tooth that has already erupted. We will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and properly remove the tooth. Next, we will loosen the tooth from the socket. This process detaches the tooth’s roots from the jawbone and other connective tissues. Once loose enough, we will thoroughly remove the tooth from your mouth.
Usually, the surgical procedure is more complicated. We want to remove the tooth before it erupts above the gum line. First, we will administer a local anesthetic and numb the area. We offer several forms of sedation to reduce the anxiety and discomfort you may be feeling about tooth extraction pain. Next, we will make an incision into the gum tissue to expose the tooth and underlying bone. Then we typically break through the tooth into several pieces to make the extraction process more manageable. Once all of the tooth is entirely out, we will suture the incisions.
When Does a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?
Some of the most common reasons you may be feeling tooth extraction pains are:
- Decay. If a tooth becomes overly decayed, it may be too weak to support a crown.
- Damage. Trauma or injury that results in a severely broken or damaged tooth.
- Impacted Teeth. Impacted teeth can be extremely painful and even lead to the development of an abscess or cyst.
- Infection. An infected tooth can also be quite painful. If the infection is allowed to spread, the problem will only compound.
- Wisdom Teeth. Many patients opt to have these teeth removed because there is not enough space left in the jaw.
If you are in pain from any of these, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Rockwall Oral Surgery so we can get you in for a consultation. It is not fair for you to live with tooth pain when we have the procedures that may fix it for you.
Tooth Extraction Pain and Recovery Process
The recovery time frame is different for each patient, depending on their circumstances. However, most cases will take one to two weeks to fully heal. For the first few days, you may experience minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Ice will always help when you have tooth pain. You will want to avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting for the first 24 hours. Once your healing process is complete, we can begin the restoration phase of your procedure.
Uncertain About Tooth Extraction?
Rockwall Oral Surgery can answer any questions or clear up any concerns you may have about a tooth extraction procedure. We want you to feel completely comfortable about having your tooth removed. Remember that even though you may feel uneasy about your tooth coming out, it is better than keeping in a tooth that is not good for your gums and other teeth around them. Please take out the bad and let us replace it to ensure your oral health stays well. Reach out to us today, online, or by calling us at (469) 264-8921!