When A Tooth Can’t Be Fixed…
It needs to be removed. Your Cocoa Beach dentist, Dr. Keith Vevera, DMD at Vevera Family Dental may recommend extracting a tooth if:
- Your tooth is too damaged by a fracture or deep cavity to repair.
- You have a sizable infection that cannot be resolved by a root canal alone.
- You have teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in. These may be extra teeth or baby teeth that have not fallen out yet.
- You are getting braces and need to get rid of a tooth that is crowding others.
Wisdom teeth, which typically come in during your teens or twenties, may need to be extracted if they are decayed, infected, become impacted or causing pain.
Most teeth that are visible can be removed by a simple extraction. The procedure involves your dentist loosening the tooth, and removing it with forceps carefully. This typically requires just a local anesthetic (an injection).
A surgical extraction may be needed if:
- The tooth has broken off at the gum line.
- The tooth hasn’t come in yet (wisdom teeth, for example)
- The tooth has especially large or curved roots
- During a surgical extraction, you may have a local anesthetic along with an IV or general anesthetic.
Both procedures are virtually painless. You might feel pressure or pulling, but no pain.
Tip: Don’t smoke on the day of surgery, as it can increase the chance of dry socket, a painful condition that occurs when a blood clot doesn’t form in the hole, breaks off, or breaks down too early.
To help the blood clot, you’ll be asked to keep gauze on the extraction site after the extraction. While the wound heals, it is important to protect the clot. Make sure to only consume soft foods during this time. Refrain from smoke, using a straw or spitting, as these types of actions may dislodge the clot.
Some discomfort is normally felt by most people after having a tooth extracted. You can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to help relieve the pain. Your dentist can recommend the dosage that’s right for you.
You can also use ice-packs to decrease any swelling. Try warm compresses if your jaw remains stiff after any swelling has subsided.
In general, swelling and bleeding last only a day or two after the extraction, and any pain should go away after a few days.
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Contact us at (321) 236-6606 to go over your specific tooth extraction options. Vevera Family Dental will restore your smile to its healthy best.