While it is unfortunate, sometimes a tooth becomes broken or damaged by decay, and is beyond repair. When this happens, the tooth will need to be removed. There are many reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted. These may include the following:
While nobody wants to have their tooth removed, sometimes it is necessary to ensure a healthy and happy you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the tooth extraction process, do not hesitate to ask us questions- we want you to be as comfortable as possible during your procedure.
When it comes to dental extractions, there are two types: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction.
Simple Extraction- A simple extraction is performed when a tooth is visible in the mouth. During this procedure with minimum instrumentation, the dentist is able to remove the tooth with the least amount of trauma to the area.
Surgical Extraction- Surgical extractions require more complex instrumentation to safely remove the tooth and can involve sutures to help the area heal.
Following your dental extraction ice packs can be used to reduce swelling. It is advised that you eat soft and cool foods for a few days, and avoid smoking and using a straw, as these actions could result in a dry socket.