If a tooth has been damaged or severely decayed, your dentist may recommend an extraction and a replacement tooth. A tooth extraction is the process of actually removing the entire tooth from the bone, and it’s a common procedure. Here’s what you can expect for a tooth extraction procedure:
- Preparation: Your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth for a full review. Depending on your unique situation, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before surgery.
- Anesthesia: Depending on your needs, and on the type of extraction that your dentist is performing, you may need anesthesia to be administered. If so, your dentist will give you instructions on how to prepare for this.
- Simple extraction: If you are getting a visible tooth extracted, likely you will be able to get a simple extraction. This is the more common option, as many extractions involve visible teeth that have simply been damaged. Typically no anesthesia is needed, and your dentist will simply remove the tooth using special tools.
- Surgical extraction: If you are removing teeth that are not visible, like wisdom teeth, your procedure will be more complex. This process is typically completed by an oral surgeon, and a cut will be made in your gums to make the tooth reachable.
- Recovery: Recovery procedures vary based on every unique case, so it’s important to be sure you understand any instructions that your dentist gives you at this point.
Your Tooth Extraction
Extractions are extremely common, and they help patients gain a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Be sure to call your dentist right away if you are experiencing extensive swelling, fever, trouble swallowing, prolonged numbness, or other severe pain to ensure that no serious issues develop after your extraction process.
Working with an experienced dental team is the best way to ensure that you have an effective, simple process for your tooth extraction. We recommend that you take some time to research dentists, and visit an office to get a better idea of how comfortable you’ll be!
If you have any questions about tooth extraction, or if you are unsure if you need one, feel free to contact our office today for more information. Our staff is always happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we can schedule a consultation with our Madera, CA dentist to help you find the right treatment for your needs. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!