Tooth extractions are a common procedure at a dental office. Sometimes such procedures may seem extreme. In those cases, we’ll consult with you about your options. If you need a tooth extracted, our team at Dogwood Dental will work to get you the care you need with the touch of compassion you deserve.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Teeth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons:
- Gum disease.
- Extreme pain in the actual tooth.
- Jaw pain.
- Pain that comes with chewing or speaking.
- Swollen, tender gums around a tooth.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have to have a tooth extracted. Whatever symptoms you are experiencing, the goal of a tooth extraction is to preserve your oral health and protect your other teeth. We will carefully evaluate your mouth to determine whether an extraction is necessary.
If you are experiencing any of these types of pain, come see us as soon as you can. We may be able to give you several options to save your tooth. If extraction is indeed necessary, we will perform the extraction as comfortably as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
One of the most common forms of tooth extraction is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth are the four molars at the very back of your mouth. People typically have two on their top row of teeth and two on their bottom row of teeth.
For the most part, patients don’t need these teeth, which often cause overcrowding in the mouth. This overcrowding can lead to extreme pain as your wisdom teeth push on all the other teeth in your mouth, trying to make room for themselves.
In some patients, wisdom teeth can become trapped under the gums. When this happens, wisdom teeth are labeled as “impacted” wisdom teeth.
Some people are lucky enough to have room for their wisdom teeth. Others aren’t born with any at all, but the vast majority of the population has them. More often than not, patients need these wisdom teeth extracted.
After Your Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
It is recommended that you steer clear of sticky, crumbly, or crunchy food for about a week. Doing so will protect the socket formed in your mouth from the absence of the tooth. You should also avoid using a straw when drinking fluids.
Over time, the socket will fill up with a clot that will protect it, but eating certain foods or using straws can endanger that clot. Try to eat soft, smooth foods, such as yogurt, soup, or pudding. You should be well on your way to full recovery in three to four days.
Our team at Dogwood Dental is equipped to perform basic wisdom tooth removals. We will fully examine your mouth to see how your wisdom teeth are growing. Sometimes wisdom teeth are fully impacted and coming in at awkward angles. In these instances, we may recommend that you consult a specialist.