You and our surgeons may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, our surgeons will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
Removal of Damaged and Decayed Teeth and Root Canal Treated Teeth
If your tooth cannot be saved and it is badly damaged, infected, broken, or had previous root canal treatment, it cannot simply be pulled. Your dentist may send you to us to sedate you and cut the tooth out in pieces to prevent damage to the surround teeth, bone, and gums and treat any infection. We may also prepare you with bone grafting for replacement of the tooth with an implant.
Removal of Wisdom and Impacted Teeth
There is no such thing as a “safe” wisdom tooth that will never harm you. 98% of patients eventually experience problems with 1 or more of their wisdom teeth before the age of 45. Most wisdom teeth begin to develop between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. We can safely remove growing wisdom teeth before they cause harm in children as young as 12 years old. This prevents complications such as nerve injuries and dry sockets later when they are older teens or young adults.
Removal of Teeth for Braces and Orthodontics
Sometimes it is necessary to remove teeth to create space to straighten teeth. We provide sedation anesthesia to remove crowded or impacted teeth to create the necessary space requested by your orthodontist.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling increases for 48 hours after your procedure and then subsides.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling past 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
Call 803-699-5900 to schedule your tooth extraction consultation.
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