At Vayner Family Dentistry in Fairfield, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best dental care to ensure that your mouth is happy and healthy. But if your teeth are not their healthiest, we are also here to help. Here, we’ll discuss when a tooth extraction procedure is needed and what the process is like.
Let’s start with the basics. A tooth extraction is when a tooth is damaged beyond repair and needs to be pulled from the mouth. This is necessary because a damaged tooth can cause further oral problems to the rest of your mouth.
As briefly mentioned above, a tooth extraction procedure is done on a badly damaged tooth, and the damage can be caused by a number of different reasons. For example, if you have experienced a trauma in the tooth such as an elbow to the face during a sports game, you may need a tooth extraction. Another reason for the need for an extraction could be that the tooth is badly decayed or infected from periodontal disease, an abscess, an impacted tooth, or more, and cannot be saved through other dental procedures. If your teeth are too crowded this can also cause issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth so an extraction could help to create room in your mouth.
The tooth extraction procedure at our Fairfield office begins with an X-ray to determine the best way to extract the tooth. Then, we’ll use a local anesthesia so that you don’t feel anything during the extraction. We’ll then use dental instruments to carefully loosen the tooth from its socket. Depending on the way the tooth is, it may need to be extracted in pieces. After the tooth has been completely extracted, the area will be cleaned and a gauze pad will be placed at the extraction site to keep the bleeding down.
After a tooth extraction procedure it is important to keep the site clean to prevent infection. You can do this by rinsing your mouth out with salt water after 24 hours and brushing and flossing your teeth while you’re healing. We’ll also prescribe painkillers in order to make you more comfortable and you can apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth to reduce any swelling. You also can’t smoke or drink using a straw for the first 24 hours after an extraction.
Contact us at Vayner Family Dentistry for more information.
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