Extractions (Tooth Removals)
What Is Tooth Extraction?
One of the biggest fears of having a tooth removed is the unknown. Not knowing what sensations you will feel during and after the extraction. How long the procedure is going to last. You might even be asking when you will be able to eat hard foods again. If you’re feeling nervous about the procedure, that’s not uncommon. But it is important for you to know that the removal of a tooth is often a simple process.
If you have a loose, damaged, or infected tooth and are wondering whether a tooth extraction might be right for you, please contact our staff. At Rivers Bend we want to give you an experience that is personalized and tailored to your specific needs. Knowing if you have reservations or previous extraction experiences can help us create an environment that focuses on your comfort.
Rivers Bend Family Dental provides a wide range of dental procedures to make it convenient for your family to tend to all its dental needs. Our services include but are not limited
How The Tooth Removal Process Works
When you first meet us, we want to be able to determine if tooth removal is the best solution for you. This is our initial consultation about the tooth.
There are two types of tooth removals. Simple or Complex
Simple: Your jaw is locally numbed with anesthetic in the area. Nitrous gas is always available to help calm nerves. Once the numbness has set, a simple set of tools is used in removing the tooth. Generally this type of procedure can be completed within a matter of minutes.
Complex: Everything included in the simple description above (anesthesia, nitrous gas) but with one difference. Instead of the simple set of tools used, a complex, surgical set is needed. This usually includes a drill necessary to create the space around the tooth to retrieve it. Complex surgical tooth removals are usually performed when there are curves to the root, previous root canals or severely broken down teeth to the gum line. This is not an exhaustive list.
After the tooth removal, the staff and/or doctor will talk to you about post operative care.
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Tooth Removal Post-Operative After Care
After the tooth is removed, it is important to stick to a soft diet, avoid vigorous mouth rinsing or spitting, sucking on a straw and smoking for at least 24-48. It is best to avoid brushing near the extraction site and leaving the area undisturbed as much as possible. Bleeding is common following the procedure. Be sure to continue biting on the gauze for at least 30 minutes after the procedure. You will also be given extra gauze in case it continues to ooze. Feel free to replace and continue biting applying firm pressure for another half hour.
Why we give you these instructions is to help you avoid a dry socket. You will know if you have a dry socket within the critical 24-48 hours after the extraction if you feel an increasing pain from the area. A dry socket is because of not healing properly. If the healing clot is removed or pulled out prematurely it can lead to dry socket. Please be wary of the area. If you think you have a dry socket, please call the staff immediately and they will get you scheduled to place medication in the area. That will allow the healing process to begin again.
Most patients will feel like their mouth has healed completely within one to two weeks. Please feel free to return to a regular oral care routine by this time. If you are still feeling discomfort after this time, please call the office.
If you have a functioning or esthetic tooth that is removed (excludes wisdom teeth), you might be wondering about replacement options. We’re glad you’re thinking about that and there are two common routes patients consider.
1) The Dental Bridge
2) The Dental Implant
The Dental Bridge: This option fills a space where a tooth or several teeth are missing. It braces on adjacent teeth and uses hardened ceramic materials to give great esthetic life like teeth. By bracing the adjacent teeth, it maintains all of the spaces, preventing severe crowding and shifting to occur. If you would like to read more details about Dental Bridges Please Click Here
The Dental Implant: A titanium artificial root/post is placed into the bone below the gum tissue and allowed to heal. This option gives you the most natural feeling, esthetics and functioning tooth. On top of the dental implant, a tooth replacement is built out of zirconia, a very hard material that can be matched to adjacent teeth. If you would like to read more details about Dental Implants, Please Click Here.
Every person’s situation and specific insurance plan is unique and different. And with most dental procedures, what and how much a procedure will be covered is ultimately determined by your specific policy and plan. With dental extractions, many insurance plans cover extraction procedures. If you do not currently have dental insurance coverage or have questions about payment options, always feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff. They are always happy to discuss possible options with you.