Tooth removal is the last resort when it comes to dental care for broken, decaying, or otherwise problematic teeth. Sometimes these dental issues are fixable through the use of dental crowns, tooth fillings, or other tooth restoration treatments. However, sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. Some kids develop a crowded mouth and need to have tooth extraction prior to getting braces and other orthodontic treatments. Older adults, whose teeth have fallen by the wayside of routine maintenance or have experienced tooth trauma (such as from being hit or knocked out) may also need teeth extracted. Severe decay and periodontal disease can also require teeth to be extracted.
Regular teeth cleanings can prevent the need for tooth extraction.
There are different dental stages people experience throughout life. Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as the third molars, are the last ones to erupt. They can come in anywhere from childhood to adolescence. Some people don't experience any issues with their wisdom teeth. However, many cases can cause pain, infection, and other types of discomfort due to the way they are positioned in the gums and mouth. Impacted teeth, crowding, and pressure on the sinuses are all reasons to remove wisdom teeth. We can provide you with proper wisdom teeth removal treatment starting with the initial x-rays and ending with the removal itself, or any needed follow-up exams on the health of your teeth and gums.
Extracting teeth should be one of the last resorts when it comes to dental care. It is imperative to keep your existing teeth intact unless your oral health would benefit more from having them removed and replaced. We can consider extracting a tooth if:
Swollen or tender gums, mouth or jaw pain, stiffness in the jaw, sinus issues including pressure or headaches, and difficulty opening your mouth can all be signs that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Dr. Lee Simon’s office can provide care through all stages of wisdom teeth removal including x-rays and the extraction itself. Schedule an appointment today to set up a consultation.
There are many ways to reduce pain using home remedies and over-the-counter pain relievers and topical numbing gels while your wisdom teeth are erupting. An ice-pack on the jaw, taking ibuprofen, a saltwater rinse, and even the tannins from a plain, unsweetened green tea bag can reduce swelling and pain. Avoiding inflammatory foods such as ones high in sugar or acid is also recommended as to not cause any flare-ups.
This depends on your pain tolerance and the severity of the procedure. Generally, for tooth extractions, we do offer local anesthesia, but wisdom teeth may require the patient to go under completely. We can discuss what the right option is for you or your child depending on the circumstances.
Try to be gentle on your teeth and eat soft foods low in acidity, do not smoke, reduce your physical activity, and follow the instructions given to you by your dentist. You may be sore for up to a week or may experience some bleeding. Be sure to book a follow-up appointment in case your symptoms get worse or you notice signs of infection, which can include inflamed gums, pus, excessive bleeding, swollen lymph nodes, fever, or foul odor coming from the mouth.
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