Our team works hard to preserve natural teeth and help our patients in Omaha, NE, enjoy full and healthy smiles. However, sometimes a serious oral health issue arises that means removing a tooth is needed to prevent major complications. In today’s blog, we’re talking about when a smile needs an extraction and what to expect from the procedure.
The Extraction Process and Recovery
Before the procedure starts, we will carefully explain what to expect from the process and administer a local anesthetic around the tooth being removed. We will also discuss your dental sedation options, which helps you enter a more calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the extraction process. We then carefully remove the tooth with a pair of forceps and suture the area closed afterward. A friend or family member will need to take you home, as the sedation takes time to wear off completely. As you recover, we will recommend avoiding strenuous activity for the first day or so, and enjoying soft food items in the same time frame. Avoid prodding the extraction site with your tongue, and don’t use straws when you drink. During a follow-up visit, we will monitor the healing process and remove your sutures.
Wisdom Teeth and More
When does a tooth need to be removed? The most common situation involves the eruption of wisdom teeth. For many in their late teens and early 20s, these extra teeth could erupt in the rear of the mouth and lead to misalignment, painful impaction (partial eruption), damaged teeth, and infection. By removing them prior to arrival, we protect your smile from the serious complications. We could also remove a tooth that has developed a severe infection that threatens to spread to nearby teeth, or address teeth too damaged to benefit from a restoration. For severe misalignment, we could remove a tooth to make room to reposition the others, and we could take out teeth loosened by gum disease.
Tooth Replacement Option
With wisdom teeth, replacing the teeth is not necessary as there is no exposed gap in our smile. However, if you lose a tooth to damage or poor oral health, this could mean complications related to tooth loss. To fill the gap and preserve your smile’s health and beauty, we can discuss lifelike and custom-made prosthetics, such as dental bridges, partial and full dentures, and even advanced implant dentistry. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Extraction?
Our team can offer an array of restorative treatment to help you enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile. To learn more about our treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.