You may find yourself having reservations at the thought of having a tooth extraction. At Mai Dentistry, we try everything possible to help you preserve your natural teeth. However, if a tooth extraction becomes necessary, we work equally as hard to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
When Might I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Some of the most common reasons people end up having a tooth extraction include:
- Excessive crowding of your teeth
- Gum disease that causes bone loss
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Complications from an unsuccessful root canal
- Preparation for braces or a cosmetic procedure
- Tooth decay
- Fractured tooth/roots
How Does a Tooth Extraction Procedure Work?
If the tooth is above the gum line with a relatively solid tooth structure, then you may only need a simple extraction. In that case, the dentist typically starts by applying a local anesthetic to the tooth or teeth requiring removal. Next, the dentist removes the tooth or teeth with hand instruments.
In some instances, like preparation for a restorative procedure like a bridge or implant, the dentist may recommend a bone graft. That way, you can keep the levels of bone in your jaw at a healthy level.
In the case of an impacted wisdom tooth, the dentist may need to perform more complicated surgery to remove the tooth from beneath your gum line. For that reason, they may recommend that you receive a general or intravenous anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
Once the procedure is complete, Mai Dentistry’s staff makes sure you got through the tooth extraction without any issues. After assessing your condition, they provide you with post-surgical instruction on caring for your mouth as it heals. You should follow the instructions in the letter to avoid any complications.
If you received a local anesthetic, your mouth might feel numb for several hours after your tooth extraction. However, you should feel well enough to take up your regular schedule by the next day. The gap left by the extracted tooth should start closing in a few weeks.
What If I Have Concerns About Having a Tooth Extraction?
If you feel nervous about the idea of undergoing a dental procedure, feel free to talk about your reservations with our staff. They will gladly go over the details of the tooth extraction to make you more comfortable. If needed, we provide several sedation options to make the procedure more tolerable.
Contact Mai Dentistry at 813-590-2624 for any of your dental needs.