Sometimes a tooth may need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma; nothing to be feared.
When you get a tooth pulled, in dentistry we call it an extraction. Sometimes, teeth may need to be removed due to decay, disease, crowding or even a traumatic incident. If you feel you have a tooth that may need removed, our team at Westlake Periodontics can ensure that you receive the best care possible.
There are many reasons for extracting a tooth:
Trauma or Disease
There are several ways to try and save your tooth. The damaged tooth might need a full coverage crown or root canal treatment. If this is not enough to keep it functioning well and looking good, then removing the tooth and replacing it with a strong realistic looking dental implant will be necessary.
A tooth can be extracted if there are too many for the size of dental arches or jaws, an issue called overcrowding. After enough space has been opened through the extraction of one or more teeth, remaining teeth can be aligned correctly. The most common tooth removed for orthodontic reasons is the first premolar, which sits next to eyeteeth or canines.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If an impacted wisdom tooth is in a bad position, its important for your oral health to get it out as soon as possible. Earlier removal will help keep your adjacent teeth, bone, gum tissue and nerves healthy. It’s even better if you remove the wisdom tooth before its roots are fully formed.
A baby tooth that is out of place can sometimes affect the permanent tooth that’s underneath. Removing this baby tooth might prevent an orthodontic treatment in adulthood.
What To Expect
As soon as your tooth is removed, the socket will be covered with gauze that needs to be applied for up to 20 minutes; gentle pressure around the area should stop any bleeding and if necessary, some small stitches may also be used. It’s normal after surgery that you experience some mild discomfort and swelling, but by taking ibuprofen or aspirin on the day of your surgery, most symptoms can easily be overcome within a few days. Applying frozen ice packs and eating softer food until you feel better will also help. If you are still experiencing pain or swelling several days after your procedure, we recommend you contact our office, just to make sure everything is going well after the extraction.
Get In Touch With Our Office
Whenever you have a question, concern or to simply request an appointment, we’re always here for you. If you are ever experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office immediately.