At Sunshine Family Dental, we do everything we can to maintain and restore your natural teeth. In some cases, however, an extraction may be necessary to prevent infection and alleviate discomfort. If you are experiencing discomfort or believe you may need a tooth extraction, our skilled doctors can help you decide if it is the right treatment option for you.
Our team at Sunshine Family Dental will always ensure that patients understand the importance of tooth extractions and the process involved. Having teeth extracted is sometimes a necessary part of dental care, and we strive to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Our team of skilled doctors will assess your dental needs and determine if a tooth extraction is the right solution for you. There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including:
- Impacted tooth: a tooth that is trapped beneath the bone or gums and is not emerging properly.
- Crowding or a small mouth: emerging teeth may cause other teeth to shift or fracture due to a lack of space.
- Decay or infection: when a tooth is affected by extreme decay or infection that cannot be corrected with a filling or root canal treatment, it may require extraction.
In the event that any of these issues apply to you, our doctors may recommend that you have one or more teeth extracted. During your consultation, we may also recommend sedation dentistry to make your experience more comfortable.
After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.
We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice packs as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.
For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.