Morgan Dental in Morgan, Utah, performs tooth extractions with expertise. We emphasize your comfort during treatment so you can keep that smile going before, during, and especially after your treatment.
Why Get a Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Chowther will recommend saving and restoring a tooth through various dental options when he can. In some cases, we may not have a chance to save that tooth, and extractions will be necessary. The following are some of the most common reasons for extractions:
- Tooth decay. Tooth decay can be common. If tooth decay reaches a particular stage, saving the tooth through a root canal or other means may not be practical. Extraction and replacing the tooth with a crown, bridge, or implant can be an effective solution.
- Infection. An infection in your tooth can spread to other parts of your mouth, posing a severe health risk. The infected tooth must be extracted in this scenario.
- Tooth affected by trauma. If your tooth has become loose, fractured, or damaged, a crown can cover and shelter the tooth in some cases. If not, you may require an extraction.
- The need to make space for other teeth. Teeth can grow so that they crowd other teeth or alter your bite. Wisdom teeth are an example of teeth that can occasionally push painfully against other teeth. Wisdom teeth are often unnecessary for proper jaw and bite function and cause long-term problems. Extraction is an excellent way to make room for other teeth.
- Gum disease. You may lose bone and gum tissue that supports your teeth when you have gum disease. In this situation, we may require extraction and replacement of the tooth to address the illness.
- Dental implants. If your dentist advises dental implants (for various reasons, including health or cosmetic), we often need to pull that tooth before installing the implant.
What is the Process for Tooth Extractions?
As part of your consultation, Dr. Chowther will perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth.
Before the treatment, he will go through your dental and medical history. Tell us about any of your medication conditions, allergies, or prescriptions at this time. We may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection before the surgery. To relieve the pain, we apply a local anesthetic. We can then free the tooth from the ligaments and bone that hold it in place. We may need to remove gum or bone tissue with an impacted tooth.
What is Recovery Like After Tooth Extractions?
To help you recuperate from the tooth extraction, you may require a few days of relaxation at home. During this stage, your discomfort should not be extreme, and you should begin to feel better shortly. Please keep us up to date on how you’re doing. To enhance comfort and avoid infection, we may prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics.
Some Tips to Help Keep You Comfortable
Apply an ice pack to the area outside the cheek if you experience discomfort or swelling. After a few days, rinse with warm salt water to encourage healing and comfort. While your extraction site heals, eating soft foods is advisable.
You can use a variety of techniques to help avoid discomfort:
- Avoid rinsing vigorously
- Avoid using straws
- Brush and floss your untreated teeth as expected, but don’t brush or floss at the extraction site
- Avoid smoking; this can slow healing
If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
- Prolonged complications or pain
- Excessive discharge from the extraction spot
- Fever or chills
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
How Long Does the Tooth Extraction Process Take?
Around two weeks after the extraction, you should be able to resume your treatment (for example, a dental implant to replace the tooth).
The Best Tooth Extraction Service in Morgan
Our highly-trained and experienced professionals specialize in tooth extraction. Please contact us right away to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you understand all your options and why we recommend extraction. You may find that they’re nothing to fear. You might even wonder why you waited so long for treatment.
Dr. Chowther of Morgan Dental is there for you. We ensure professional, high-quality care with a relaxing, comfortable approach.