The decision to have a tooth extracted isn’t always an easy one. After all, your smile can certainly have a significant impact not only on your appearance but your overall self-esteem. That is why at Laser Family Dental, we want our patients to know that we consider all possible options before suggesting a tooth extraction. Let’s discuss some of the situations in which tooth extraction is the appropriate course of action to help keep your oral health at its absolute best.
In the event that tooth decay becomes so severe that it extends to the pulp of the tooth, then it is unlikely that the tooth can be saved. Allowing a severely decayed tooth to remain in your mouth not only leads to unnecessary discomfort but can also cause infection. Once infection sets in, this can lead to a host of health issues that can extend far beyond your mouth.
Once the decay impacts the pulp, your doctor may be able to remedy it with a root canal. However, if the root canal and antibiotics can’t repair the situation, then extraction is your best option.
What are the Risks of Infection?
For individuals with a compromised immune system, an oral infection could wreak havoc on your overall health. Some dentists will suggest pulling a tooth in the event that the patient is already at higher risk for infection and said infection could have serious implications on their overall health. This is a common strategy for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or perhaps have a disease that weakens their immune system.
If the patient suffers from periodontal disease, there may be additionally loosening of the teeth near the impacted area. If this occurs, the dentist may immediately suggest an extraction simply because there is an ongoing underlying condition.
What to Expect During Tooth Extraction
For individuals who have never had a tooth pulled, the process may feel daunting. However, this is a routine dental procedure that is not uncommon for a trained professional. Keep in mind; a local anesthetic is applied in order to numb the area before the tooth being removed completely. The dentist will pack the area with gauze in order to ensure that bleeding stops quickly. Patients should expect some pain and swelling following the procedure. Patients are prescribed pain medication to help with the discomfort.
During the recovery time, you’ll be asked to eat only soft foods, thoroughly rinse your mouth, and avoid drinking out of a straw for at least 24 hours following the procedure. Take care to prop your head up to ensure that bleeding is kept to a minimum. Remember, you should continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing even during recovery. However, you should be careful to avoid the extraction site. Your dentist will inform you about when you can return to eating other foods or other special precautions you may need to take regarding your specific situation.
Tooth extraction is a common procedure, but it can feel overwhelming for someone who has never experienced it before. If you think that you may need a tooth pulled, please contact us at Laser Family Dental. We are here to answer your questions and guide you throughout this process. Call our office today to schedule your consultation.