Even when the best dental care is provided, there are still situations where the best treatment option is to remove a tooth entirely. The most common reasons usually involve the tooth being too damaged to be salvaged or because the tooth is causing severe problems for the growth and development of other teeth. When an extraction is required, our top goal is to make the process as easy and as painless as possible.
The actual tooth removal process is typically quite easy and straightforward. We start by taking digital X-rays of the tooth and its immediate surroundings. This helps our experts determine the safest way to remove the tooth from the mouth. Next, we will provide a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area and prevent the patient from experiencing any pain during the removal. We can begin the extraction process once the steps are complete.
Most teeth extractions are completed in a matter of seconds, and the patient normally doesn’t feel any pain as the tooth is being taken out. But it is common for the patient to feel a slight sensation of pressure in the area during this time. The immediate goal from here is to control any bleeding. The patient will need to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes so that a blood clot can form. It is then very important that the patient does not disturb this blood clot.
During recovery, the patient can apply an ice pack to the outer cheek for up to 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. Once swelling has subsided, a warm compress can be applied to the area for comfort. The patient can also use warm salt water rinses to help keep the area clean. Most patients require a few days to recover from a tooth extraction.
McLeanSmiles also provides wisdom teeth removals for patients. These teeth erupt in the very back of the mouth when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. People rarely keep their wisdom teeth because of the severe angle at which they grow and the lack of space available. By removing these teeth as early as possible, further issues and complications can be prevented later.
The process for removing wisdom teeth is usually more intensive than a standard tooth extraction. Most patients require about a week’s worth of recovery time following a wisdom teeth removal procedure. During recovery, the patient should make sure to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Most patients will only want to eat soft foods during this time.
Tooth extractions are sometimes a necessary step toward achieving better oral health. If you require a tooth extraction, please do not hesitate to seek out treatment. We will work to make the process as easy as possible. Please call us at (203) 293-0030 to schedule an appointment.