Whenever a tooth has a problem, our first game plan is to rescue it -- but sometimes, that is not in the best interest of your oral and overall health. If you have a tooth that just needs to go, we will not hesitate to recommend tooth extraction in Springfield. When handled by our professional team, this is a comfortable and efficient procedure. Keep reading to learn how it works and what you can expect from extraction.
There are a number of cases in which a tooth may need to be removed. The wisdom teeth, or third molars, will usually require extraction if they do emerge. There is rarely enough room in the gums for a third set of teeth -- and they may come in crooked or put pressure on the surrounding teeth, causing the bite to shift out of alignment. The wisdom teeth do not require replacement.
The second most common reason for extraction is for severe tooth decay or damage. If the interior of the tooth is infected so much that it cannot be saved with root canal therapy (the last resort for rescuing a tooth), removal will be required. Additionally, a tooth that has been broken off at the gum line will need to be removed. We can discuss replacement options and have a plan in place to begin immediately after the extraction.
We may also recommend removal of crowded teeth in advance of orthodontic treatment. Extra teeth do not need to be replaced.
There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical. Both are performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the jaw. A simple extraction is possible when the tooth is intact and visible outside of the gum line. Using a forceps-like instrument, your dentist will rock the tooth back and forth until it comes out in one piece. A surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth is broken or trapped beneath the gums. Your dentist will open the gums and remove the tooth in several pieces. Dissolvable stitches may be used to close the treatment area.
The recovery phase depends on the type of extraction that was performed. For a simple extraction, you may just feel a little sore for a bit, but you will be able to resume your normal activities right away. After a surgical extraction, plan to rest and relax for a day or two. Eat a soft foods diet and be careful when brushing your teeth so that you do not disturb the treatment area. Swelling, discomfort, and minor bleeding may occur in the days following the removal, but should subside after several days. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our office if these symptoms worsen or do not go away.
Are you bothered by a troublesome tooth? It may need to be removed. Let us help you find the solution! We can provide comfortable and efficient tooth extractions with a plan for replacement put in place right away. To learn more or to book an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist in Springfield today.