A tooth extraction is something that your dentist does if the tooth cannot be saved. While there are some patients who have no choice, others can minimize tooth loss by practicing good oral hygiene. Pulling a tooth is a simple procedure and is usually taken care of in a single dental appointment.
Why Would I Need an Extraction?
While Inspired Smiles does their best to save teeth, sometimes it’s impossible. Teeth that are badly damaged, teeth that have been traumatized in an accident or teeth that are severely chipped and cracked may need to be pulled. If wisdom teeth aren’t growing properly, they may need to be extracted as well.
Patients who are undergoing tooth replacement procedures, such as dentures or dental implants, may also need to have one or more teeth extracted. According to Dr. Victoria Yeager and Dr. Daniel Yeager, people undergoing orthodontic treatment may also require extractions for overly crowded teeth.
One of the biggest reasons adults lose teeth is because of gum disease. People who practice poor oral hygiene are at risk for gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. Brushing twice and flossing once each day along with a healthy diet and regular dental checkups can help you keep your teeth.
The Dental Extraction Process
If you and Inspired Smiles have decided to pull a tooth, your dentist will use a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any pain. If you suffer from dental fear, a sedative may also be used to help relieve anxiety.
Once you are numbed and comfortable, your dentist will gently remove the tooth. It is important to seek an experienced dentist to prevent damage to important areas around the tooth to be removed. If you have impacted teeth, you may need to see an oral surgeon in Richmond, VA.
After you have had your tooth or teeth pulled, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions. Be careful not to brush the teeth closest to the area of the extraction for 48 hours and stick to liquids and soft foods for the first couple of days.
For more information regarding tooth extractions call and schedule an appointment with Inspired Smiles today.
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