When a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be treated with a restoration, there is a risk of serious complications for your smile. To avoid these and preserve your smile, we may need to remove the tooth in question. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we extract a tooth and ensure the process is comfortable.
The Reasons for Removing Your Tooth
Why do we suggest taking a tooth out completely? We may recommend this for one with severe decay or infection, as this could prevent infection from reaching surrounding teeth. The same goes of very damaged teeth we cannot repair with a crown. Taking out a tooth could aid in orthodontic treatment and even improve bite balance and chewing unction for some. For others, we could take out teeth loosened by gum disease, or to make room for a full or partial denture. The most common reason is to address wisdom teeth. These are up to four new molars that arrive in the rear of the mouth as we enter adulthood. Taking them our can prevent painful impactions, misalignment discomfort, and infection.
Anesthesia and Sedation
To keep your comfortable throughout the process of removing a tooth, we will administer a local anesthesia to the area around the teeth in question. Our team can also help with dental sedation. Not only will this help you enter a calm and relaxed state, but you will have little to no memory of the procedure at all. We have three options, and the one we choose will depend on your age, weight, medical history, and anxiety levels.
The Procedure and Recovery
Once you’re comfortable and relaxed, we will gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps. Once we do, our team will suture the area closed and send you home with detailed instructions and prescriptions for medications. A friend to family member will need to take you home. At home, for the first day or two avoid very hot foods, and eat soft meal items. Avoid activity and don’t prod the extraction site with your tongue, as a clot will need to form to assist in the healing process. Take prescriptions as recommended, and we will remove the sutures in a follow-up visit. If you have any questions, then give us a call today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We would like to help you avoid serious oral health complications! If you have any questions about how we address more severe restorative issues, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.