Bellissimi Dental provides tooth extractions in Brunswick, OH. Call 330-741-3334 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Our goal as dentists is to save your natural tooth with restorative treatments whenever possible. In some circumstances, the only way to truly restore your oral health is to extract a tooth rather than repairing it. When tooth extractions are needed, we can perform them here at Bellissimi Dental.
The tooth extraction process is simple. Local anesthesia numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Your tooth is loosened with a tool called an elevator, then gently removed. You’ll be asked to bite down on sterile gauze to promote the formation of a blood clot, which is the first step in healing. Sometimes stitches are needed, but not always.
In the days after your procedure, you’re likely to experience some tenderness and swelling. We’ll provide you with aftercare instructions to help you manage any discomfort and prevent potential complications like infection and dry socket.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
There are three main reasons why you might need a tooth extraction:
Damaged or Decayed Teeth
Most of the time, a tooth that is damaged or decayed can be treated with restorative dentistry or a root canal. If a tooth has a crack that goes beneath the gum line or if there are other reasons restorative treatments can’t be performed, we need to extract your tooth to prevent infection and restore dental health.
When a tooth is extracted for this reason, we can place bone grafting material at the time of your extraction in order to ensure that your jawbone offers the support needed for a future dental implant.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically erupt when patients are in their late teens or early twenties. While in the past, wisdom tooth removal was seen as a right of passage, these days we only extract them if they are problematic. To determine whether extraction is needed, we look at your jaw size, crowding, and bite. Impacted wisdom teeth—wisdom teeth that don’t erupt at all or erupt at an angle—are removed, but wisdom teeth that are able to fully erupt without compromising your oral health can be left in place.
Sometimes teeth must be extracted in order to provide adequate space for orthodontic treatment. We can work closely with your orthodontist to remove teeth to make room for your remaining teeth to shift with braces.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Most patients are able to resume their regular activities about three days after a simple, non-surgical tooth extraction, but it can take up to a month for the soft tissue to heal completely.
What should I avoid after a tooth extraction?
We’ll provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions, but you should avoid smoking, alcohol, drinking from straws, and foods or beverages that are hot or spicy.
Should I remove all four wisdom teeth?
If all four of your wisdom teeth are causing pain or compromising your oral health, then they should be removed. Most patients choose to have them all removed during the same procedure to minimize costs and recovery time.
What happens if you wait too long to get wisdom teeth out?
The longer you wait, the more difficult the procedure tends to be and the more damage your wisdom teeth can cause to other teeth, so if you’re told that your wisdom teeth should be extracted, it’s a good idea to schedule your appointment as soon as you can.