Tooth extraction is typically a last resort but unfortunately, sometimes the damage is beyond repair. There’s no need to worry though, as you are in good hands with our experienced Cadillac dentists. We will ensure the experience is straightforward and as pain-free as possible.
When Does a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?
In many cases, our dentists can repair a damaged tooth with a composite filling, dental crown, or other restorative dental procedure. For the times where extraction becomes necessary, we’ll first examine the tooth in question. We may even take an X-ray to view below the gumline. This information will allow our dentists to move forward and confidently recommend tooth removal.
Every patient is different and your reason for tooth extraction may not be the same as someone else’s. Some individuals don’t lose baby teeth in time and need room for permanent teeth, while others require the procedure as part of their orthodontic treatment. However, our dentists focus more on the restorative side of extraction and when it is needed in adulthood.
Instances where extraction may prove beneficial include:
- Decay or infection deep inside of a tooth
- Extensive trauma or injury
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Malpositioned or impacted teeth
For a simple non-surgical extraction, our dentists will start by numbing the tooth and gum tissue with a local anesthetic. This will prevent you from feeling any discomfort during the procedure. Next, we’ll loosen the tooth with a tool known as an elevator.
Once we’ve got the tooth sufficiently loose, we’ll then remove it with dental forceps. If you are only in for one extraction, we’ll clean the area and may use one or two stitches to close it up before sending you on your way with aftercare instructions.
Aftercare Following Extraction
Our dentists will speak with you individually after your tooth extraction so you’re aware of what is required for proper healing and recovery outside of the office. Above all else, our dentists want you to keep the area clean so the onset of infection is prevented.
It is also advised that for 24 hours after the procedure, you refrain from:
- Rinsing your mouth vigorously
- Touching the extraction site when brushing or flossing other teeth
- Removing any gauze provided unless bleeding has subsided, and clotting has taken place
- Any intense physical exercise
To manage pain or discomfort, try taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, but do not use more than directed for extended periods of time. Placing a cold compress on your face can also help if used for 10 minutes at a time.
Schedule a Visit Today
Having to come in for a tooth removal can feel downright nerve-wracking. To help ease your anxiety, our dentists in Cadillac, MI, can provide you with sedation and local anesthesia for a more comfortable experience. Give LifeSmiles Dentistry a call today at (231) 775-8281 to request an appointment.