As devoted professionals, our mission at Buckner Family Dental is always to treat any dental issues affecting your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, at times this can include extracting a tooth that has become too damaged. While it is always our goal to avoid this step by providing quality preventive treatment, at times teeth extraction may become necessary for a number of reasons.
Though we always strive to avoid performing a tooth extraction by providing you with excellent preventive care, there are times this procedure becomes necessary. In many cases, an extraction is needed due to a tooth being poorly positioned or non-functional. Other instances that may require a tooth extraction include:
In any of these cases, a tooth extraction may be necessary in order to protect the health of your remaining teeth, as well as your gums and the underlying bone supporting your teeth.
Before performing a tooth extraction, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic. In some cases, you may be given a general, stronger general anesthetic, particularly if more than one tooth needs to be removed. Your dentist will then loosen the ligaments around the tooth before pulling or cutting the tooth out. In some cases, you may need stitches. Your dentist may recommend that the extracted tooth or teeth be replaced. In this case, you will need to return for another appointment where you can be fitted with a dental implant, a partial denture, or a dental bridge.
The recovery period following a tooth extraction usually only lasts a day or two. During this time, there are several steps that you can take to help speed your recovery and keep yourself more comfortable:
If you needed stitches following your tooth extraction, you may need to return to have them removed after several days. Your dentist will let you know if this is the case, and will provide you with special instructions regarding caring for your gums for the day or two following the removal of your stitches.
No one looks forward to a tooth extraction, but at times they are a necessary procedure in order to preserve the health of your remaining teeth and gums. Should a tooth extraction become necessary, you can be sure that the caring professionals at Buckner Family Dental will make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible both during and after the procedure. Our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio DDS can explain more about tooth extractions.