Why Tooth Extraction is a Last Option

Tooth extraction is always a last option because of the negative, long term effects a missing tooth can cause. There is the obvious reason of a gap in your smile but a missing tooth can also affect your overall oral health.

How to Avoid Tooth Extraction

Daily and thorough oral hygiene is the first and most important preventative measure when avoiding tooth extraction as well as any unwanted dental treatments. It is also important to visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

When Is Extraction Necessary?

Sometimes an extraction is the only option left to deal with a tooth problem. Here are some of those reasons:

  • A fractured tooth
  • A tooth that has impacted into the gums
  • Advanced infection or abscess
  • Advanced tooth decay
  • Advanced gum disease

What if an Extraction is Necessary?

If every effort has been made to preserve the natural tooth but it is just not possible to keep the tooth, an extraction will have to be made. The staff at Impressions Dentistry will x-ray the tooth and root to get as much information as possible before performing the extraction.

What Does an Extraction Involve?

The extraction of a tooth requires the removal of the severely damaged or decayed tooth from its socket in the jawbone. The amount of decay, the position of the tooth, the strength of the tooth and the strength of the ligament will all play a part in how complex the extraction will be. Pain and discomfort is expected during and after the process but a skilled dentist using the proper tools and techniques can reduce the amount of discomfort and anxiety.

After the Extraction

After the extraction, Dr. Bath will likely prescribe pain medication to take as needed. Ice packs used at regular 15-minute intervals will provide some relief to the discomfort. The discomfort can last from three days to two weeks, depending on the complexity of the extraction. Be sure to contact our office if you are experiencing prolonged or severe pain, bleeding, swelling or fever.