Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
The dentist may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment. X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, a dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with painkillers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.
Following an extraction, it's important to find a replacement for your missing tooth. Missing teeth can cause a number of problems including: leave gaps in your smile, cause shifting of teeth, affect ability to eat and speak, create additional dental problems. The most popular replacement method is a dental implant. Learn more about implants here.
If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.