Facts About Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction involves the surgical removal of a tooth and tooth root from the gums and jaw bone. The prospect of oral surgery can be scary, but with proper education and understanding of the reasons for the tooth removal, your mind can rest at ease knowing it is the necessary dental treatment required.

Reasons for Tooth Extractions

At Pershing Family Dental, our dentist will always do their best to avoid a tooth extraction if possible. Whether it be through a veneer, crown, or root canal, we will try to save it. However, sometimes keeping your tooth will not be an option.

Decay or Trauma
If a tooth is suffering from severe dental decay or trauma, the only solution will probably be tooth extraction. It’s important to remove the tooth in order to prevent an infection or an abscess, which will eventually lead to the decay of the surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone. If a tooth has been cracked or broken, our dentist may also choose to remove the tooth for the same reasons and a decayed tooth.

Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are 2 pairs of adult molars that will usually start to emerge in a persons late teens to early 20’s. While wisdom teeth are not always in need of removal, many people will suffer from discomfort or pain from an impacted wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth become impacted when they grow in crooked. Some wisdom teeth will just be to large and begin to change the bite, making it difficult to bite down. When this occurs the wisdom teeth will have to be removed.

Orthodontics
The dentist may also decide that you need a tooth extraction treatment for orthodontic (braces)  reasons. If teeth are to large, crowded, or severely crooked they may need to be removed in order for orthodontic treatment to be effective. Usually, the same 2 teeth on either side of the arch will need to be removed to keep your bite comfortable and symmetrical.

Healing from Tooth Extractions

After the tooth extraction their are some simple tips to keep in mind to maintain optimal comfort levels and help in the recovery process.

Medication
Make sure to take any medication that the doctor has prescribed to you according to the instructions given to you. Make sure to ask the doctor which pain killers are best suited for your personal situation.

Avoid Hard or Hot Foods
After the removal of your tooth you may find it hard to chew from sensitivity of the gums. Make sure to avoid any hard food so that you do not disturb the surgical area. Also, avoid hot food or drinks following surgery so that you do not burn yourself. Sedatives may have made the mouth numb and you will not be able to tell how hot the food or drink is.

Use Ice
If the effected area is swollen make sure to use ice on it. Ice will reduce swelling and relieve pressure to the area where surgery has taken place.

Brush Softly
Remember to brush softly to avoid disturbing any stitches. Also, check to make sure there isn’t any excessive bleeding. Make sure to call our office right away if you experience any excessive bleeding or pain after oral surgery.

Preventing Bone Loss

After the tooth has been extracted it’s important to fill in the tooth root with a bone grafting material or a dental implant to avoid bone loss. Within the first year of an extraction up to 50% of the jaw bone is lost and will continue it’s loss as the years go on without proper attention. 

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Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consult

Call us today at 915.566.3927, or schedule an appointment to day by visiting our Contact page. Our friendly dental staff is waiting patiently for your call. You can ask them anything having to do with tooth extraction treatment or any other dental procedure available in our central El Paso, TX dental office.