Patients need tooth extractions for a variety of reasons, including infected teeth, tooth decay, orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth extraction. When decay is so severe that no other treatment can fix it, the tooth must be removed. A tooth that is severely damaged can affect neighboring teeth or get infected. A tooth may need to be removed if a patient is preparing for an orthodontic treatment or procedure such as dental implants. In most cases wisdom teeth need to be removed to correct and prevent dental problems like overcrowding or impaction.
Prior to extraction, Dr. Gaspard will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Once the tooth has been removed, the area may be sealed with dissolvable or removable stitches. You do not have to worry about getting dissolvable stitches removed, as they will dissolve over time. If removable stitches are used, Dr. Gaspard will determine when they should be taken out.
After surgery, you should relax, place gauze pads over the area and replace them regularly, take painkillers as prescribed, and eat only soft foods until the area is healed. Avoid smoking, using a straw, physical activity, touching the area, and lying flat, as these will all delay the healing process and prolong recovery time. The removed tooth may be replaced by a dental implant, bridge, or denture. Your dentist will discuss these options with you further.
Tooth extractions are highly successful among patients. They help prevent infection from spreading throughout the mouth, prepare patients for orthodontic procedures, and prevent complications that typically arise from wisdom teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss the benefits of tooth extraction.