Though we will always try to save damaged teeth, tooth extractions may sometimes be preferable. For example, if you have gravely damaged teeth or if you do not have enough room for your wisdom teeth, we can remove them with minimal discomfort. At Value Dental Centers in Gilbert, AZ, our team uses incredibly precise techniques and innovative imaging technology. These advanced methods, combined with our sedation options, mean that your extraction will involve minimal discomfort. Plus, we can perform all types of extractions, including standard tooth removal and more complex surgical procedures.
When Are Tooth Extractions Appropriate?
The dentists at Value Dental Centers Gilbert take a conservative approach. Therefore, extraction is a last resort. Nevertheless, in some cases, removing your tooth may ultimately be the best way to protect your overall health. The following are situations in which we may recommend extraction:
- You have such bad decay or infection that restorative treatment will not be enough to repair your tooth
- You have a large crack that stretches down to your dental roots
- You have loose teeth due to receding gums and periodontitis
- You have a compromised immune system, meaning it is better to remove an infected tooth than to perform root canal therapy
- Your child’s baby teeth have not fallen out yet, and they are affecting the development of adult teeth
The most common type of extraction is wisdom tooth removal. Your wisdom teeth will usually come in during your late teens or early twenties. However, you may not have enough room for these molars. Therefore, as they erupt, they can push your other teeth out of alignment. At other times, they could come in at an angle, or they could become impacted. Impacted teeth are not able to break through the surrounding bone or gum tissue.
What Does an Extraction Involve?
Your particular procedure will depend on the location and position of your tooth. Before removing your tooth, we will provide local anesthesia. In some cases, we may offer additional sedation. For example, you may benefit from IV sedation if you are nervous or if you are having multiple teeth extracted at once.
During a simple tooth extraction, your dentist will gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it in the socket. Then he or she will lift it from your jaw. If you have an impacted tooth, it will require surgical removal. Your dentist will remove some of the covering tissue to expose the tooth. In some cases, he or she may need to extract the tooth in several pieces.
What Should You Expect after Your Extraction?
Whatever the exact steps of your extraction, our team will work carefully to minimize your discomfort. Therefore, after your procedure, you may experience some minor inflammation, but it will usually subside within a few days. You can take mild anti-inflammatory medications and eat a soft diet to help control swelling and tenderness. After your extraction, your dentist will often place a piece of gauze over the site. He or she will provide specific instructions about changing the gauze and keeping the area clean.
Of course, we will also provide appropriate restorative care after your extraction. Our team offers a number of dental restorations, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. In many cases, we can provide a same-day prosthetic at the same time as your extraction. When your gums and jaw have fully healed, we will fit your permanent restoration.
Contact Value Dental Centers
To learn more about our minimal-discomfort extractions and our other treatment options, contact our office today.