Extractions are the last treatment option for teeth that are diseased or decayed beyond repair. While many people look at extractions as a cheap, quick fix, it is important to note that there is nothing like having your own natural tooth. Extractions are always reserved as a last line of treatment when there are no other options.
Most teeth extractions involve desensitizing the area immediately around the tooth, so that the procedure can be performed without any discomfort. Patients may opt to have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedative in order for maximum comfort. It’s important to let your dentist know of any prescription or over the counter medications that you are taking, as some may interact with your body’s ability to form a blood clot following the procedure.
You may experience some discomfort following the extraction, so your dentist may prescribe a pain reliever to help you be comfortable. It is important to carefully your postoperative instructions so that healing can occur as quickly as possible. Avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as these can easily cause adverse reactions to an extraction site. Rinse frequently with warm salt water and let your dentist know if you develop a fever or swelling.
After your extraction, your dentist will work with you to determine what type of tooth replacement option is best. If your extraction site goes too long without a replacement tooth, the surrounding teeth may drift and shift places in the mouth. Even the teeth on the opposite arch are affected! Placing a bridge, dental implant, or making a removable tooth replacement appliance allows dental patients to smile, chew and talk efficiently and as normal as possible following their extraction.
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