Nobody wants to hear that they need to have a tooth pulled. But if you’re in pain or your tooth is causing (or will lead to) dental problems, then it might be the right option. At Premier Smiles Dentistry, we prefer to practice noninvasive, conservative care whenever we can. Unfortunately, pulling the tooth in question is sometimes the most appropriate solution.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
We extract teeth for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons for extractions include:
- The tooth is damaged beyond repair.
- Root canal therapy has failed.
- The tooth has significant decay and is too weak to save.
- The tooth has an infection that is affecting other teeth.
- Orthodontic treatment is needed, but your mouth is too small and the teeth are too crowded.
- Your wisdom teeth (or other teeth) are impacted, causing pain and other uncomfortable complications.
- You are missing several teeth and need dentures.
Will My Extraction Hurt?
One of our goals here at Premier Smiles Dentistry is to treat every single person who comes through our doors as if they were a member of our family. This means that your comfort is extremely important to us. Despite what you may have seen on TV or in the movies, dentists don’t actually want to hurt you. We’ll take every step possible to keep you from feeling discomfort during your procedure.
If you are feeling anxious or worried about your extraction, please let us know. We have a number of sedation dentistry options available to help you. We can even make arrangements for an anesthesiologist to come in for IV sedation, if needed.
What About After My Extraction?
Some discomfort is normal following your extraction as your immune system takes over to heal the wound. For the next day or so, you may experience swelling, some pain, and some minor bleeding, but we have suggestions and medication to make this period more comfortable for you. Anti-inflammatories and pain relievers will help with your discomfort and swelling, as will rinses and ice packs.
Dr. Devani will give you specific post-procedure directions that reflect the type of extraction we performed and how many teeth needed to be removed. Follow these directions carefully and take any prescriptions exactly as prescribed to avoid any complications like infection or dry socket.
Can I Prepare for My Extraction?
We encourage you to do so! You’ll need to make arrangements for a friend or family member to escort you to and from your appointment, and it would be helpful for them to stay with you for a while after your appointment until the anesthesia wears off. Plan to take the day off from work (and probably the next day, too).
Shop for soft foods to eat following your procedure. This can include yogurt, pudding, bananas, applesauce, cool soups, and hard-boiled eggs. Don’t drink from a straw or smoke cigarettes following your procedure since the pulling action can dislodge the clot that forms, which is necessary for proper healing.
We’ll help you prepare for your procedure with more tips and suggestions at your consultation appointment.
Call to Schedule Your Appointment
If you have a tooth that’s causing you pain, please call us today. We don’t want you to struggle with discomfort when there’s a remedy available. Let Cypress dentist Dr. Devani examine your tooth and work with you to come up with the right solution.