Do you have severe tooth decay? Do you need a tooth removed for the sake of your oral health?
Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe provide tooth extractions and restorations in their Media, PA dental office. After a tooth is extracted, they will recommend replacing it as soon as possible. If the patient qualifies for a dental implant, this will be the best option. Implants are the most natural-looking and advanced solution when compared to other teeth restorations.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
One of the most common forms of tooth extraction is of the wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. These are typically removed while they are still growing in adolescents and young adults. They should be removed simply when they begin to cause issues such as damage to your other teeth, pain, bite issues, swelling, or dental infections.
As the teeth grow in, they can cause significant pain when they break the surface of the gum and shift other teeth to make room. Some people may never have their wisdom teeth erupt because there is no room. If they are not causing you any problems, we may choose to just keep an eye on them. With other cases, we may see that having them removed right away will prevent obvious issues in the future.
Tooth Extraction: What to Expect
Tooth extraction is a fairly simple procedure. At the time of surgery, we will numb the area around the tooth or teeth to be extracted with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. You may experience some pressure while your dentist rocks the tooth back and forth to loosen it for removal but should not feel pain. If you do feel any pain, please let us know.
After the tooth is extracted, a crucial part of the healing process is biting down on some gauze so that a blood clot can form. In most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal for up to 24 hours. You may feel some pain and experience some swelling after the tooth is extracted.
An ice pack will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours and the extraction site will close up in about two weeks.