No one likes the idea of getting a tooth extracted, and we always strive to preserve our patients’ teeth whenever possible. However, tooth extractions in Carrollton are sometimes necessary to protect an individual’s oral health and relieve their pain. Let’s discuss common reasons for this procedure as well as what you can expect during and after your extraction.
There are a number of reasons why Dr. Chandy, your dentist in Carrollton, may determine that it is necessary for you to undergo a tooth extraction:
There is no need to be afraid of getting a tooth extracted! Dr. Chandy will make sure the area around the tooth is entirely numb so you won’t be able to feel a thing during the procedure. Then, she’ll grip the tooth with a special tool and gently rock it back and forth in order to break the ligaments that connect it to the surrounding bones. Once the ligaments are broken, she’ll take the tooth out of your mouth. Gauze will help to control any bleeding that occurs.
If you’re particularly nervous about getting a tooth extracted, be sure to let our team know. Nitrous oxide sedation is available to help you relax.
It may take several months for the bone around an extraction site to heal, but don’t worry! For most of that time, you won’t feel that your body is still working to recover. In fact, the soft tissue at the extraction site will heal fairly quickly. In fact, you should be back to feeling like yourself within approximately one week.
Here are some tips to help your recovery process go as smoothly as possible:
If you ever have any questions or concerns during your recovery, give our office a call. Dr. Chandy and the rest of our team are always ready and willing to help!
If you have questions about tooth extractions in Carrollton, Dr. Chandy is here to answer them. We know that it’s important for you to know as much as possible about the procedure, from why it’s performed to the steps involved. Below, you’ll find some of the inquiries that our patients have brought to us in the past. If you have additional concerns, don’t hesitate to speak up and let us know!
If your tooth has been broken or if you’re suffering from severe pain, you should contact our office right away. An extraction may not always be necessary in these situations; if the choice is available, we will always recommend saving your tooth with a crown, root canal therapy, or another treatment. There are cases, however, where removal is the only practical way to protect your oral health. That’s why we will only recommend an extraction after a thorough examination. We’ll also explain your options and discuss the pros and cons of each one with you.
We may need to perform a few additional tests before we can start planning the tooth extraction itself; once we reach that step, we can give you specific instructions to help you prepare for the procedure. In particular, if you have a weakened immune system or a certain medical condition, you might be more vulnerable to an infection after the surgery. We might prescribe antibiotics in these cases. Also, let us know if you catch a cold or suffer from a gastrointestinal illness, please let us know so that we can make the necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
After the numbness in your mouth wears off, it’s normal to experience some discomfort. Some swelling and bleeding can also be expected for the first 24 hours. Under normal circumstances, painkillers and an ice pack applied intermittently will help keep you comfortable during the initial recovery period. However, you need to be watching for possible signs of a serious oral health issues after the procedure, such as an infection. This includes fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, severe swelling and bleeding more than four hours after the extraction, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
Generally, it’s better to replace a missing tooth after an extraction. Leaving the space empty to cause your remaining pearly whites to drift out of place, ultimately leading to bite and alignment problems that can make it difficult to chew. And of course, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable smiling when you have a full set of beautiful teeth to show off.
There are a few different options that you might consider for tooth replacement, including dental implants and partial dentures. We’ll help you explore the different choices and help you pick the one that works best with your smile and your budget.