Learning that a tooth must be extracted is never pleasant news to receive at the dentist’s office. There are various reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, such as misshapen roots of a baby tooth or advanced decay that endangers neighboring teeth. Additionally, unexpected issues like infection, orthodontic correction, or wisdom tooth problems can require extraction.
Fortunately, tooth extraction is a common procedure and should not be a cause for worry. At Broken Arrow Family Dentistry, our staff is ready to assist you throughout the process and address any concerns or questions you may have.
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed due to various reasons such as advanced decay, damage or trauma, overcrowding, or infection. Depending on the tooth’s location and condition, the extraction process can be simple or surgical, requiring local or general anesthesia. Following a tooth extraction, the dentist may recommend a replacement option, such as a dental implant or bridge, to restore functionality and aesthetics to the mouth.
Before a tooth extraction, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and take X-rays to determine the tooth’s position and condition. They will then administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area to ensure a painless procedure. Depending on the tooth’s condition and location, the extraction process may be simple or surgical. After the tooth is removed, the dentist will apply gauze to the site to help stop any bleeding. You may experience some discomfort and swelling after the procedure, but your dentist will provide instructions for pain management and aftercare. The recovery time varies depending on the complexity of the extraction, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days.
Whether you have a scheduled tooth extraction or an unexpected one, rest assured that you are in capable hands. Teeth may need to be extracted for various reasons, ranging from routine wisdom teeth removal to creating space for permanent teeth. The prospect of tooth extraction may cause anxiety about your smile’s appearance. However, our compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Broken Arrow Family Dentistry is dedicated to guiding you through the entire process, from extraction to replacement. We are here to address any concerns and answer any questions you may have throughout the extraction and replacement process.