Tooth Extractions/Tooth Removal

Why are Teeth Extracted?

Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons:

  • Decay:
    the tooth has decayed to the point it can't be saved.
  • Infection:
    If an infections destroys a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone.
  • To Make Room:
    To make room if you have too many teeth for your mouth.
  • Impacted Teeth:
    Impacted teeth that are only partially erupted could allow bacteria to enter the tissue, causing infection and pain. This can lead to damaging the roots of nearby teeth and other complications.

How are Teeth Removed?

The process starts by thoroughly reviewing your medical and dental history and taking X-rays to determine the length, shape, and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. This helps us decide the of difficulty of the procedure and whether you should be referred to an oral surgeon.

Before removing your tooth, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed. 

What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction?

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days, to help speed recovery it is critical to keep the area clean and prevent infection. We will ask you to bite down gently on a cotton gauze for up to 30 to 45 minutes to help stop the bleeding. The following will help speed recovery:

  1. You shouldn't smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or clean the teeth next to the extraction site for the next 24 hours.
  2. Take painkillers as prescribed by you.
  3. Apply an ice pack to you face for 15 minutes on/off at a time.
  4. Change gauze pads every 30 minutes if needed.
  5. Relax after surgery, limit strenuous activity.
  6. Eat soft foods, and avoid hot liquids and drinking through a straw.

Normally, the discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks, if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call Dr. Jeff Weaver right away.

A tooth extraction should be done as soon as possible to avoid the spread of infection and more serious problems when tooth decay or an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection. Talk to Dr. Jeff Weaver about your specific case.

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