Tooth Extractions in Searcy
At Today’s Family Dentistry, we always try to save your tooth and restore your oral health. But in some cases, extracting a troublesome tooth may be the best option. We offer minimally-invasive tooth extractions using numbing and sedation to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the entire process. Learn more about tooth extractions from Dr. Jared Cox below, or contact Today’s Family Dentistry for an appointment now.
When Do I need A Tooth Extraction?
There are two primary situations in which a tooth extraction may be recommended.
The most common reason for an extraction is the improper eruption of one or more of your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are our final set of four molars, and they tend to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. The problem is that many people do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate these additional molars, particularly if they have already undergone orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign.
Because of this, the wisdom teeth can often become “impacted” and fail to erupt properly. They can also cause damage to the adjacent teeth, and lead to a higher risk of tooth infections. For these reasons, most patients opt to have their wisdom teeth removed.
A tooth extraction may also be recommended if you have a tooth that’s too damaged to save due to an oral injury, or a chronic oral health issue like gum disease or extensive tooth decay. Dr. Cox may recommend extracting and replacing the tooth to prevent further complications, and to provide you with relief from your pain and discomfort.
What Should I Do After A Tooth Extraction?
There are a number of steps you’ll need to take to keep the surgical site clean and prevent complications. You’ll need to avoid dislodging your blood clot, which is essential for the healing process, so you should not use straws, spit forcefully, or brush the extraction site directly for at least 2-3 days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a diet of mostly soft foods, usually for at least a week, and avoid any major exertion or exercise for a few days after your procedure. Dr. Cox will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions after your appointment.
Do I Need An Implant or Bridge to Replace my Tooth?
Wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced after extraction, but if you require the extraction of any other tooth, you will likely need a dental prosthesis like a dental implant or dental bridge to replace your tooth.
Not replacing a missing tooth can negatively affect your oral health and functionality, including your ability to speak clearly and chew properly. So it’s best to have your tooth replaced as soon as you can. Bridges and implants are preferred at Today’s Family Dentistry over partial dentures, as they are more durable and long-lasting.
In addition, replacing a missing tooth right away can help prevent further complications. A dental implant, for example, will strengthen and preserve the underlying jaw bone. The implant will also prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting toward the now-empty socket, which is common after tooth loss.
During your consultation and extraction appointment, Dr. Jared Cox will discuss your options for tooth replacement in more detail, and help you choose the treatment that’s right for you.