Whether you have damage that cannot be repaired, is impacted, or need to make space for future orthodontic work, removing a tooth may be your best option. We know that the thought of invasive dentistry, such as an extraction, may be anxiety-inducing. At Stubbs Family Dentistry in West Allis, WI, we are here to help make this process easier for you. Today, we’re here to discuss what to expect when getting a tooth removed.
Why Teeth Are Removed
As mentioned above, there are several reasons why extraction may be the best option. We will do our best to restore your smile without removing your natural teeth. However, leaving a damaged or impacted tooth can cause more damage.
In instances of severe decay, removal is recommended to relieve pain and reduce the risk of infection spreading. If you are unable to get a cavity filled and it is too late for a root canal, surgical removal may be necessary.
Your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are also typically removed to prevent damaging your alignment. It is common for these molars to grow later than other teeth or have difficulty fully growing. It can also be difficult to clean the area where your furthest molars grow. Removing these helps reduce the chances of cavities forming on hard-to-treat surfaces.
How We Extract Teeth
This fairly common procedure is done to preserve your smile. After an examination, your dentist will determine what the best plan of action is. If it is determined that an extraction is necessary, your appointment will be scheduled. Before the surgery, the area will be numbed for your comfort. Then, the dentist will use a tool to gently remove it. In some cases, they may need to make an incision to reach the tooth. Then, the area will be cleaned and closed with sutures.
After The Extraction
The area may be tender for a few days as you heal. Try to eat softer foods and avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and consuming hot food or beverages. If the tooth was removed due to damage, you can talk to your doctor about prosthetic options once the area has been healed. An implant can replace the missing tooth while blending in naturally. Depending on your needs, this may be a useful option.
Do Not Put Off This Treatment
When it comes to your smile, we will do our best to keep your natural teeth intact. However, some circumstances can make this difficult. If you have been told a tooth extraction is necessary, we are here to help. Please contact your West Allis, WI, dentist, Dr. Stubbs, by calling 414.541.8250 to schedule an appointment.