General Dentistry located in Bala Cynwyd, PA
Whether you have a damaged or decayed tooth that can’t be saved or you’re simply born with overcrowded teeth that prevent your other teeth from growing in, you may need a tooth extraction. The doctors at Oasis Dental Team PC, understand the discomfort associated with teeth extractions and therefore includes her patients in their treatment plan to make sure they feel prepared for their procedure. Call Oasis Dental Team PC in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, or use the online booking tool to discuss if you should have a tooth extraction.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that cannot be saved by a crown or filling due to the potential spread of infection, you may need your tooth extracted.
Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Overcrowded teeth, preventing other teeth from growing in
- Severe infections caused by drugs or radiation
- Impacted or decayed wisdom teeth
- Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out, disturbing the eruption of adult teeth
Our doctors do everything they can to try to save your teeth rather than having to extract them; however, they prioritizes your health and makes sure to notify you at the first sign of infection in the instance that it may spread and cause severe issues.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
After completing a dental examination and determining that a tooth extraction is the right option for you, the oral surgeon begins the procedure, making sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
They administers local anesthesia or occasionally conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to numb the treatment area and allow you to relax during the procedure.
You’ll undergo either a simple extraction or a surgical extraction depending on the condition of the affected tooth. The simple extraction involves the doctor using an instrument called an elevator to loosen your tooth and extracting it with forceps.
The surgical extraction consists of a more invasive procedure where the doctor or oral surgeon makes an incision in your gum to remove the tooth. In this instance, they may need to move bone around your tooth or cut your tooth to extract it without complications.
Recovery typically takes a few days consisting of icing your cheek to reduce swelling and taking prescribed or over-the-counter medication.
How can I prevent needing a tooth extraction?
Some instances requiring tooth extractions are inevitable, such as impacted wisdom teeth and baby teeth refusing to fall out. However, you can prevent infection that might lead to a tooth extraction.
You should regularly brush and floss your teeth as recommended by your dentist to prevent your teeth from decaying. It’s also recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year to receive dental exams, deep cleanings, and early detection and treatment of dental problems before they worsen.
To inquire if you need a tooth extraction, call Oasis Dental Team PC in Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.