Tooth extractions are a routine dental surgery performed at La Conner Dental used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, but sometimes an extraction is still necessary. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.
Did You Know…
You won’t experience any pain during a tooth extraction? Your dentist will completely numb the area in order to perform the extraction, so you won’t be able to feel any pain. As the anesthetic wears off, you may feel some discomfort in the area. You can control this with over-the-counter pain medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tooth extraction?
There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction. The most common cause of tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth – particularly wisdom teeth. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and teeth that are severely malformed. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings. However, only Dr. Atkinson can tell you if you need a tooth extraction. To determine if an extraction is needed, schedule an appointment with La Conner Dental today.
What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?
You will be given a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure, and you may be prescribed medications to help manage pain and infection in the hours following your extraction. Additionally, you can choose to use Nitrogen Oxide (laughing gas) to quickly relax during the procedure.
What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?
Post-operative care following a tooth extraction is essential for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. Finally, you may be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as ‘dry socket.’