March 1, 2018
Almost every dentist will tell you it’s best to save your natural teeth when possible. But what if you’ve exhausted your options and the tooth is just damaged beyond repair? In those cases, an extraction — or removal of the tooth — is necessary to preserve and improve your oral health!
So, how do you know whether your tooth needs to be removed? And where should you go to have the procedure done? Read on for more information about tooth extractions, and then consider Appalachian Dental Care for all your dental needs in Boone, NC!
Dr. Airey has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of dental procedures, including extractions. Because he’s so dedicated to bringing his patients the most effective techniques and technologies available, he has completed countless hours of continuing education! He’s also well-versed in dental sedation to maximize your comfort during your extraction procedure.
Call us at 828-355-5673 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Airey and the rest of our compassionate staff!
Dental Complications That Can Require Extraction
There are several reasons why you might need to have your tooth removed. Here are some examples.
- Your tooth is badly infected. Up to a certain point, damage to the nerves and tissue inside a tooth can be addressed with a root canal procedure. But after that, the tooth will need to be extracted and replaced.
- You’re experiencing crowding, a condition in which there isn’t enough room for your teeth. In this instance, extraction can be a precursor to orthodontic treatment. Crowding can also cause teeth to be unable to properly erupt through the gum tissue, which can cause significant dental complications.
- You’re at risk of infection. If you’re experiencing some form of illness that compromise your immune system, removing teeth that are potentially problematic can prevent complications down the road.
What To Expect From Your Procedure
You’ve probably heard someone describe a difficult or frustrating activity — like getting a toddler to eat their vegetables — as “like pulling teeth.” But thanks to dental sedation and other comfort options, as well as the latest in dental technology, extraction are actually quite simple and fairly comfortable for the patient.
When you come to Appalachian Dental Care, Dr. Airey will numb the area and, if you choose, administer a form of dental sedation to further minimize pain and stress.
Then, Dr. Airey will carefully loosen and remove the tooth, taking into consideration your specific case (for example, if your tooth is broken, he’ll have to remove it in pieces.)
Taking Care Of Yourself After A Tooth Extraction
Even though the procedure itself should be completely comfortable, you may experience some tenderness in the days following your extraction. Dr. Airey will send you home with post-procedure instructions that will help you make a speedy recovery.
In the meantime, you might find these things helpful:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease tenderness.
- Apply a cold pack to the side of your face both for pain relief and to minimize swelling.
- Bite down on clean gauze to reduce bleeding and encourage blood clotting.
- Take it easy for a couple days following the procedure.
- Stick to soft, cool foods for a day or two following your extraction. However, take care to not use a straw for the first 24 hours.
Choose Us For All Aspects Of Dental Care
After you’ve recovered, it’s time to start thinking about replacing the teeth you had extracted! Teeth replacement — whether with a dental bridge or dental implants — will help you maintain the alignment of your teeth and bite, as well as the youthful shape of your face!
And luckily, Dr. Airey is skilled in the replacement of teeth as well, so you can get everything you need in one convenient location. Call us at 828-355-5673 to schedule a consultation, or use our online form to request an appointment.