Your dentist will generally go to great lengths to try to save a damaged tooth rather than pull it, but sometimes the best option is to extract the tooth.
When you are facing an inevitable extraction, you want to work with a dentist who is experienced and who you can trust. Dr. Jeffrey Stasch has performed many extractions, including wisdom teeth, and he will make your procedure more efficient and more comfortable.
Call Stasch Dental for a dental team that will put your mind at ease.
Anxiety about Extractions
Getting a tooth extracted can seem scary, and it causes anxiety for many patients. If you are nervous about the procedure, give us a call and we can talk about sedation options, including nitrous oxide. We are also happy to fully explain the procedure, which can further set your mind at ease.
Two Types of Extractions
A simple extraction can be done when plenty of your tooth is still intact and enough of it is above the gumline so it can be removed easily.
Even with a simple extraction, the area around the extraction site will be numbed so you will feel no pain. All you might feel is a bit of tugging as Dr. Stasch uses special dental instruments to gently work the tooth out of its socket.
A surgical extraction might be necessary if there isn’t enough of the tooth available above the gumline for your dentist to work with. In this situation, an incision will be made in the gumline in order to reach the tooth. You might need stitches afterward. Again, you will be completely numbed so there will be no pain.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Most people develop a set of third molars in their late teens. Sometimes these teeth emerge from the gumline and there is enough room in the mouth for these large teeth.
More often than not, however, one or more of these large molars don’t pop through the gum; this means the tooth is “impacted.” Or if they do come in, they do not properly align with the rest of the teeth in the mouth.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can be painful. Often people will have swelling and they may even develop an infection in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. Other problems can develop as a result, including cysts or tumors that actually compromise the health of the jawbone.
Because of these potential problems—and because we do not need these third molars—most dentists recommend that they be extracted by the age of 25.
Taking Care of the Site after Extraction
Whether you have a simple or surgical extraction, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare so the site heals properly, including:
- Do not drink out of a straw in the days following an extraction. The suction can cause the clot that is forming at the site to dislodge, causing a painful condition called dry socket. For the same reason, you should not smoke.
- If you have swelling after the extraction, ice packs on your cheeks over the site can be helpful.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended to help keep pain under control. If you have received a prescription medication, be sure to take it as prescribed.
- If your pain gets worse rather than better in the days following the procedure, be sure to give us a call!
Call Us for More Information about an Extraction
Usually the treatment of last resort, an extraction should not be put off. A damaged tooth will only get worse with time. Call Dr. Stasch with your concerns and he can advise you on whether an extraction is necessary.