We know not everyone looks forward to getting a tooth extraction. If your dental complications lead to you needing one, we will make sure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Why Do We Extract Teeth?
Pulling teeth is generally a last resort. Our dentist can perform extractions if you have a tooth that is damaged beyond repair or could impact the rest of your teeth and overall health. Some reasons we may need to remove a tooth include:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Tooth infection
- Trauma or injury
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Types of Extractions
Extractions are relatively quick procedures, and we use anesthesia to reduce pain and anxiety. Depending on your situation, we can perform one of two types of extractions.
A simple extraction involves removing what is visible in your mouth. During this procedure, our dentist will numb the surrounding tissues and loosen the tooth with a special instrument called an elevator. Finally, we will remove the tooth with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure that involves removing the tooth from below the gum line. After numbing the gum tissue around the affected tooth, we will create an incision to access and remove the underlying tooth. People may need a surgical extraction to address a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or has not yet erupted.
Recovering From a Tooth Extraction
After your tooth extraction, you may experience some swelling and pain as the anesthesia wears off. It is important not to disturb the extraction site and to keep it clean to prevent an infection or prolonging the healing process. Bite down gently on some dry and sterile gauze to minimize bleeding. Avoid smoking, eating hard food and drinking through a straw during the healing process.
By resting and taking care of yourself, your gums should heal after a few days and fully recover after about two weeks.
Do You Need a Tooth Extraction in Bowling Green, Kentucky?
If you need a tooth removed for whatever reason, count on Brighten Dental to get the job done. Call our office today at 270-770-0250 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chrislyn Fite.