When a tooth becomes so damaged by decay or traumatic injury that it can no longer continue performing its function, it will become necessary to perform a tooth extraction. At Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry, we are well versed in the tooth extraction procedure and in ensuring the comfort of our patients. We recommend replacing the tooth with a tooth replacement option to fill in the gap left by your missing tooth. So if you ever need a tooth removed, trust us to get the job done safely and with your comfort in mind!
Why Teeth Are Extracted
The most common reasons teeth need to be extracted are traumatic injury (usually sports injuries) and extreme decay caused by poor dental hygiene. Sports injuries are much more common than you might think and can easily result in a knocked out (avulsed) tooth or a tooth that is so damaged that we can’t repair it. If you play sports where running and the potential for bodily contact are high, consider a wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and mouth.
If your teeth become so damaged by decay that a root canal won’t save the tooth, we will often opt to remove it via extraction. Failure to remove teeth with excessive decay can result in further tooth loss.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Most tooth extractions procedures are fairly straightforward and always begin with ensuring your comfort. We will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that will be extracted. If you want, we always offer other forms of sedation like nitrous oxide to help with nerves. Once we are sure that you are comfortable, we will grip the tooth with a tool called a dental elevator and gently rock it back and forth until it comes out with light coaxing.
Once the tooth has been extracted, we will suture the site closed and place some gauze over the area to mitigate any bleeding.
Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions
It is important to take good care of the site following the procedure to ensure that it doesn’t become infected and that it heals properly. Bleeding will stop within 8-12 hours following the procedure, but the site will likely ooze a little bit for the next few days. It is very important that for the several weeks following the procedure you refrain from smoking and tobacco use as this can cause infection. Stay away from straws and sucking motions with your mouth as this can cause the clot to come out of the extraction site.
Replacing Missing Teeth Is Critical!
It is very important to consider how you will be replacing your tooth after it is extracted. There are all kinds of negative things that can happen to your mouth if you do not replace your tooth. Dental implants offer the most comprehensive tooth replacement option available in dentistry today. Bridges and dentures are other great ways to restore both the form and function of your missing teeth.
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Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics
453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224
Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS
Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD
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