Sometimes, due to injury, disease or a prior lack of adequate dental care, a tooth cannot be saved. In other cases, a tooth is so crowded that you cannot take care of it properly or use it efficiently for chewing. We understand how distressing these situations are for you! The good news is that we take every step possible to make the extraction experience as pain-free and low-stress as possible for you.
Analyzing the Need for Extractions
We are always aware of how important it is to you to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible. Before we even think of removing a tooth, we examine your teeth and gums and take x-rays to make sure the tooth really needs to come out.
If there is any way to save your tooth, we give you recommendations for treatments we can use to preserve it. At the same time, we realize that a severely damaged tooth can be extremely painful to you. So, we are happy to do the extraction for you if it is definitely needed or if you are not satisfied with the other available options.
Using Sedation Dentistry for a More Comfortable Extraction
The idea of having a tooth pulled out might cause you tremendous anxiety. Yet, you know there are times when a tooth must be removed, so you dutifully talk to your doctor about having the tooth extracted. Our services are quite different. Instead of sitting in the dentist’s chair feeling stressed and fearful, you can come into your appointment in a relaxed state of mind.
We can help you achieve this tranquil feeling with sedation dentistry. We give you a sedative to bring home with you and ask you to take it at a certain time before your appointment. You come in feeling peaceful about the extraction process and confident that we can keep you at ease. Then, during the procedure, we can use other sedative medications to help you stay comfortable while we do the extraction.
Giving Detailed Instructions for After-Extraction Care
Once the diseased, damaged or crowded tooth is removed, you need to take care of it the right way to protect your gums and avoid problems like dry sockets. What would you do if the dentist pulled your tooth and then rushed you out of the office? We do understand your impatience to do just that. At the same time, we know the problems you might have if you do not understand how to take care of yourself in the hours and days that come next.
Before you go home, we give you detailed instructions on how to take care of the socket where your tooth was before the extraction. We tell you how long to wait before eating solid foods, drinking through a straw or rinsing your mouth vigorously. We explain how you can aid the healing process with gentle rinses, rest and by avoiding habits like smoking and drinking. When you leave our office, you have all the information you need to prevent this unfortunate occurrence from becoming a long-term problem.