At Shoreline Dental Care, we always want extraction to be a last resort due to the negative impact that a missing tooth has on your long-term health. Besides the gap that the missing tooth leaves, there are other negative effects on your oral health.
Avoiding Tooth Extraction
The best preventative method for avoiding tooth extraction is a thorough oral hygiene routine. Brush, floss, and rinse and least twice a day. This will help you avoid extractions in addition to preventing unwanted dental procedures that are painful and expensive. Combine your daily oral hygiene with regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings.
What Makes Extraction Necessary?
There are times that extraction is the only option left for a painful dental issue. These reasons can include:
- Advanced infection in the tooth
- Advanced tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease
- A tooth that is fractured
- A tooth that has become impacted
What to Do When Extraction is Necessary?
Your dentist will help you determine if extraction is the only option available. Once every possible effort has been exhausted for preserving the natural tooth, an extraction may be required. At this point, the staff at Shoreline Dental will take x-rays of the tooth and the root in order to obtain as much information as possible. This will help make the extraction as simple and painless as possible.
What is Involved in an Extraction?
During an extraction, the injured or damaged tooth is entirely removed from the socket in the jawbone. The complexity of the extraction is affected by the amount of tooth decay, the position of the damaged tooth, the strength of the damaged tooth, and the strength of the attached ligament. While some pain and minor discomfort is to be expected as part of an extraction, a competent dentist equipped with the appropriate tools and training will be able to reduce the amount of pain to a very minimal level.
Following the Extraction
It is highly likely that your dentist will prescribe pain medication for use after the extraction. The application of an ice packet at 15-minute intervals is also helpful in providing relief from pain and discomfort. Depending on the complexity of the extraction, the pain may last anywhere from three days to two weeks. If pain, bleeding, swelling, or fever persists, you should contact us at Shoreline Dental Care for additional directions.