Whenever possible, our goal as dentists is to always preserve and restore the health of your natural teeth. Sometimes, though, the best thing we can do for the overall health of your mouth and smile is to remove a tooth suffering from advanced damage, decay, or disease. Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS can help you with all of your tooth extraction needs and questions, from diagnosing the initial problem to giving you step-by-step aftercare instructions.
Why Do Teeth Have to Be Extracted?
There are a lot of reasons we might have to remove your teeth. We may have to remove a tooth because of a traumatic injury from an accident or another injury. Traumatic injury can break your teeth down to the gumline. We will have to remove the tooth pieces from your gums so that they don’t get infected. That’s because infection is a serious issue, and infections can spread to your other teeth. We might also have to extract a tooth so that your other teeth aren’t crowded and are correctly spaced. Impacted or infected teeth also need to be removed, such as an impacted wisdom tooth.
You can also have a tooth extracted due to excessive tooth decay or gum disease, which are both caused by bacteria. When you have a decayed tooth, we will do our best to repair it using a crown or a filling, but there are times that the tooth can’t be saved. We would then have no choice but to save the teeth around it by extracting the infected tooth.
Preparation Before the Extraction
Each patient is different, so a comprehensive appointment with us will help determine if the procedure is actually needed. Tooth extraction can be a last resort to fight the problem you are facing in some situations, so it is a good idea to evaluate all of your options first. Although it is a safe procedure, the treated area may be exposed to bacteria. That means that if you have a condition that weakens your immune system, then that may be a deciding factor in whether or not you are a candidate for an extraction. Your mouth will be examined beforehand so our team will know what to expect and help prevent any difficulties.
Recovering from a Tooth Removal
Depending on the precise details of your tooth removal, we will give you personalized aftercare instructions to help you recover as fast as possible. Still, there are a few general things to keep in mind after an extraction. The healing process rarely takes more than a few days. During this time, it is imperative that you regularly clean the area from which the tooth was removed, so as to prevent it from being infected. When brushing and flossing, avoid irritating the extraction site. We recommend soft foods like yogurt and ice cream while you are still healing.
Remove Your Pain Today!
Take it from dentists: a tooth ache is no fun at all. Fortunately, there is no reason you have to continue to endure it without relief. Tooth removal is safe, quick, and affordable and is a viable option for every patient. If you want to learn more about how having a troublesome tooth removed can help you, then call Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS at (346) 250-2930 today!