When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns or fillings aren’t enough to save a tooth, our dentists may need to remove/extract it.
If you’re experiencing intense pain from a tooth, it’s important that you call our dental office to assess your situation as soon as possible.
Typically, extractions are a last resort. Only in the most extreme cases, such as when roots are damaged beyond repair, will we extract a tooth. Removing the tooth may then lead to a restorative dentistry procedure, such as a bridge or an implant.
The good news is that tooth extractions today are far less painful than they used to be. In fact, with the help of anesthetics and sedatives, as well as advanced technology such as lasers and ultrasonics, it is likely that you will feel very little to no discomfort during or after the procedure.
Once the procedure is complete, simple precautions can help minimize infections such as avoiding smoking, vigorous brushing and drinking liquids the first couple of days.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth within the general population. These are the third and final set of molars that show up in the mouth, usually in our late teens. Many people will experience problems with their wisdom teeth. Most commonly issues can arise between the ages of 17 and 25.
A typical scenario requiring wisdom teeth removal is a tooth growing too close to the adjacent molars. This can cause infection, crowding, misalignment, and improper bites, among other problems. If you experience strong discomfort, tenderness or inflammation, you may need to have one of our dentists assess the area. Without treatment, wisdom teeth can cause significant problems, accompanied by extreme pain and a general deterioration of your oral health.
Most people will have their wisdom teeth removed to avoid serious dental problems in the future. For those that undergo the procedure, the ability to eat, speak or drink is not affected in any way once full recovery is achieved.