Tooth Extractions – Dayton, OH
When Tooth Extractions Lead To Better Oral Health
Each of our experienced dentists at Rahn Dental Group is devoted to your smile, and our entire team works hard to protect your oral health. However, if a tooth is badly infected or damaged or if your mouth is overcrowded, a tooth extraction may be a necessity. In these cases, our team can also restore your smile with a replacement option such as a dental implant or bridge. Drs. Quinttus, Budde, and Sullivan encourage you to contact us right away if you have any questions about tooth extractions in Dayton or if you’d like to schedule a consultation.
When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
While we work hard to provide preventive and restorative treatments to keep your teeth healthy, sometimes extractions are actually the best option. When necessary, we recommend extractions to remove damaged, infected, or otherwise problematic teeth and either improve your oral health or prepare you for further restorative treatments. Here are several specific situations in which extractions are necessary:
- As preliminary preparation for dentures
- Tooth decay or a fracture that has damaged a tooth beyond repair
- To treat overcrowding when there isn’t enough room in the mouth for all the teeth (particularly before orthodontic treatment)
- Wisdom teeth that are at risk for causing other problems
- Advanced stages of gum disease in which the teeth have become loose
- An accident or injury where a tooth has been severely damaged
What Can You Expect From the Procedure?
There are two main kinds of extractions for different situations: simple and surgical. We’ll discuss which one is right for you during your consultation and tell you what you can expect in detail. We’ll also discuss replacement procedures to restore your smile down the road, if necessary.
A simple extraction is recommended when a tooth can be fully seen above the gumline (i.e. it’s not impacted) and can be removed in one full piece. We’ll start by completely numbing the area and providing sedation for patients who request it. Then we’ll loosen the tooth and grasp it with forceps to remove it from its socket. You won’t feel any pain, but you will feel some pressure.
A surgical extraction is often recommended for teeth that are impacted or broken in several pieces. Many patients do great with sedation during these procedures, which we’ll discuss during your consultation. For the procedure itself, we’ll fully numb the area and make an incision in the gums to access the tooth. After removing the tooth, we’ll place stitches to help the gums heal. Lastly, we’ll discuss pain medication as needed and review your post-operative instructions.
As a dentist in Dayton, your recovery process is very important to us. By following our post-operative instructions closely, you’ll prevent infections, dry socket, and other complications. Here are some general guidelines that we’ll review at your visit:
- Take pain medication as directed
- Take 2-3 days off from work or school to rest and recover
- Avoid using a straw for the first 4-5 days
- Don’t smoke or vape
- Eat soft foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth
- Don’t drink hot or carbonated beverages
- It’s important to keep everything clean and maintain your oral hygiene habits, but do so very gently and carefully around the extraction site
- Call us right away if you have pain or discomfort that’s getting worse with time or if something simply doesn’t feel right
We welcome you to contact our office at (937) 813-6763 for more information on tooth extractions or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
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