You might be a little nervous about have a tooth pulled. If you know you need a tooth extracted, there is no need to worry. While our dental team does everything possible to preserve your natural tooth, sometimes damage or decay to your tooth can be so extensive that the only option left is to remove it. At Lynn Creek Dental Care, we have experience with tooth removal and have treatment plans to replace your extracted tooth so you can continue to chew, speak, and laugh without noticing any difference.
While tooth extractions may seem intimidating, they’re actually nothing to fear. Tooth extractions are a fairly routine and straightforward procedure. The location and size of the tooth will determine how long the procedure takes. For example, if it is a front tooth with a single root, it will be easier to extract than a root with more than one root, or an impacted wisdom tooth. We carefully remove the tooth and preserve surround bone and tissue.
What can I expect during a tooth extraction?
Before we pull your tooth, we’ll completely numb the area with a local anesthetic so the most you’ll feel is slight pressure. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or suffer from dental anxiety, we also offer a variety of sedation options to keep you relaxed and comfortable while we work. Before you know it, your problem tooth will be removed and you can get back to enjoying a pain-free smile!
Do tooth extractions hurt afterwards?
You may experience mild pain and discomfort after your extraction. However, these symptoms are temporary and should only last for a few days. If necessary, we may give you a prescription for an anti-inflammatory or recommend an over-the-counter substitute depending on your needs.
What can I eat after a tooth extraction?
Usually, we recommend that patients stick with a soft food and liquid diet for a few days following their extraction. We also advise patients to avoid using straws, as the suction can damage the stitches, cause infection, and lengthen the recovery period.
How do I know if I need a wisdom tooth extraction?
While every patient is different, there are a variety of signs to look out for that may indicate the need for wisdom tooth removal, such as:
- Your wisdom teeth are growing in at an angle or are only partially erupted.
- The area around your wisdom teeth is extremely sensitive and irritated.
- Your wisdom teeth are crowding your other teeth and affecting their alignment.
- You experience pain around your wisdom teeth when you eat or bite down.