About Simple Tooth Extractions
Even though we make every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, some cases require a tooth or teeth extraction. A simple extraction removes a tooth that's visible above the gums. Generally, we complete this type of extraction for a decaying tooth or one with permanent damage. At Complete Family Dentistry in Wellsboro, PA, our staff will give you the best treatment options. We can provide nitrous oxide to help you remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. To boost your smile, please contact our team for additional information or schedule an exam with one of our professional team members.
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When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
If your tooth has been damaged or broken from decay, we will make every effort to treat it with a bonding, crown, or filling. However, in some cases, a tooth might have too much decay, and we will need to remove it to prevent the infection from spreading. By doing this, we can conserve the health of your remaining teeth. You may also require a dental extraction to remove teeth that don't fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, popularly known as wisdom teeth, which develop around ages 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that have not naturally fallen out might require extraction so they don't obstruct the permanent teeth. If you need braces or Invisalign®, you may require a tooth extraction to make room for the remaining teeth as they move into their regular place.
What To Expect
Using local anesthesia, we will perform your dental extraction in our office. To help you stay relaxed, our group offers nitrous oxide. After ensuring you are properly numb and comfortable, the procedure will begin. Before removing your tooth, we loosen it with a unique device known as an elevator. Once we have removed the tooth, you will likely need stitches for your incision. Generally, patients receive antibiotics before and after the procedure. The antibiotics reduce the chance of infection, especially if you are immunocompromised.
Recovery After An Extraction
As your gums heal, you should avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Your recovery will vary based on the method of your tooth extraction, but most patients need to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the procedure. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions and ways to minimize discomfort. To reduce uncomfortable symptoms, patients can take over-the-counter pain medicine and use cold compresses. Sometimes, we may prescribe pain medication and/or antibiotics. In addition to any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Complete Family Dentistry for routine dental examinations and cleanings. During your regular appointments, we can continue to monitor your dental health after an extraction.
Simple Tooth Extraction
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a simple tooth extraction at Complete Family Dentistry in Wellsboro, PA will help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule a consultation with one of our team members to learn more about tooth extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, ask about nitrous oxide to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.