Lifetime Dental Specializes in Tooth Extractions in Lake Forest
Sometimes a patient is recommended a tooth be extracted due to various reasons. While a tooth extraction may sound complicated, it is actually a very routine procedure that, according to the Mayo Clinic, carries a very low risk of long-term complications. We understand that any dental procedure can be scary, but at Lifetime Dental, we assure the procedure itself is painless and will be performed by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon, with a simple recovery process.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are several reasons a patient would need a tooth extraction, such as if a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay. A tooth would also need to be extracted if it is very loose and cannot be saved. Other reasons a tooth would need to be extracted include:
- If the tooth has become a source of infection.
- If wisdom teeth are decayed, cause pain or have an infection, a wisdom tooth extraction will be needed. These teeth are normally extracted because they can’t come in properly, causing irritation to the gum, pain, and swelling.
- If braces are needed, but there isn’t enough room for the teeth to be moved into place.
- If there are extra teeth that block the others from coming in.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Generally, tooth extractions are uneventful procedures that only take a few minutes to perform. The dentist will first take an X-ray of the area to plan the best way to remove the tooth. If a patient needs to get their wisdom teeth removed, a panoramic X-ray may be taken to see all of the teeth at once in order for the dentist to plan the procedure.
The tooth, gum, and bone will then be anesthetized using a local numbing agent for a patient who will be awake for extraction. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, may also be administered to help with any anxiety during the procedure. During the extraction procedure, patients should feel only pressure – not pain. In most cases, the dentist can remove the tooth simply by loosening the tooth with a tool called an elevator, and then uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth, rather than removing it surgically.
If a tooth has been broken off at the gum line, a surgical extraction may need to be performed. In the case of a surgical extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon makes a small incision into the gum in order to extract the tooth.
Recovering After a Tooth Extraction Procedure
Following your dental extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with a specific set of instructions for caring for the extraction site for the next few days. Usually, this involves leaving gauze on the extraction site to minimize bleeding for the first few hours.
The dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe you with medication to help relieve pain for the first few days following the procedure, depending on the type of tooth extraction performed. As long as the extraction site is kept clean and patients follow the instructions given to them by the dentist, the gums should heal in a matter of weeks without complications. Once the extraction site heals, a bridge, denture or permanent dental implant can be used to replace missing teeth if necessary.
Starting the Tooth Extraction Procedure
While the tooth extraction procedure is simple, it is still a surgery and we understand you may have questions or concerns. At Lifetime Dental in Lake Forest, CA, we want to provide our patients with services that are customized just for them. We have a multi-specialty dental practice that offers a full range of dental services including tooth extraction, cosmetic, general and preventive dentistry. Our experienced staff is here to help our patients achieve the results they’re looking for.
If you have wisdom teeth that are bothering you, or a different tooth that may need to be removed, please get in touch with us. Our skilled dentists are here to help you choose the best option for you and go over any questions you may have regarding the procedure. Call us today at 949-581-8109 to schedule your appointment.