At Epic Family Dentistry of Carrollton, tooth extraction is never our first choice, but we have the experience and technology to make it as easy as possible when you need one. In fact, extractions can actually save the rest of your smile and jawbone from pain, damage, and infection. That’s why Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh offers his extraction expertise for a variety of dental issues. Read on to learn more about tooth extractions in Carrollton and why they’re necessary.
Teeth typically need to be extracted for decay, but this is not the only reason. However, most cases of extraction are caused by infection or damage to the tooth from poor oral hygiene. Decay develops over time, and it can eventually reach the sensitive inner portion of your tooth, causing extreme pain. If the decay is too large for a filling or root canal, we must extract your tooth to prevent infection.
Other instances for tooth extraction are wisdom teeth and dental injury. Wisdom teeth typically get extracted because there’s not enough room for them in the jaw, which can cause numerous problems. Additionally, when a tooth becomes too damaged for repair due to dental injury, we must extract it to make you comfortable and prevent issues down the road.
During your initial exam, Dr. Azmoodeh will check your oral health and take X-Rays of the affected area to get an inside look at what’s going on. Once he’s determined that your tooth must be extracted, he will ensure that you’re made numb and comfortable. He also offers sedation dentistry for those who want an extra sense of relaxation during the process.
Once the affected area is prepared and your mouth is numb, Dr. Azmoodeh will use a special dental instrument to gently rock your tooth back and forth for extraction. During this procedure, he ensures that all his patients remain comfortable every step of the way.
Once your tooth is extracted, whether it’s wisdom teeth or for other health reasons, it’s important to follow these key aftercare instructions:
Use these tips for a proper recovery! If it sounds like you could benefit from an extraction or a consultation, contact our office today.
Have you been told that you’re in need of a tooth extraction? You may still have some unanswered questions about the procedure, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about tooth extractions in Carrollton. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to walk you through the process so you know what to expect.
Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they are worried that it will be painful. Fortunately, our first step before we begin an extraction is numbing the area with a local anesthetic. This way, you won’t feel a thing. You will likely experience some soreness and discomfort for a few days after the procedure, but this can be managed with recommended over-the-counter and/or prescribed pain relivers from your dentist. By closely following your aftercare instructions, you will be good as new in no time!
If the tooth that is being pulled is toward the back of the mouth, many patients think that they don’t need to have it replaced. After all, if no one can see it, why replace it? The truth is that your teeth do so much more than create a beautiful smile. They are essential to chew properly and speak clearly. One missing back tooth can make it difficult to chew, leading to poor nutrition and indigestion. It is recommended that when you are finished healing, you schedule an appointment to find a tooth replacement that’s right for you.
Tobacco products can delay healing, so you shouldn’t smoke immediately following your tooth extraction. It’s recommended that you abstain from smoking for at least 5 days afterwards. However, if you can, you should avoid smoking for at least two weeks. If you’ve had difficulty quitting in the past, let us know so we can help you prepare in advance.
Preparing for your tooth extraction is just as important as following all of the aftercare instructions. Before your procedure, be sure to be open with your dentist about any questions you have, like what to bring and what to eat the morning of. Check to see if your dentist has any specific instructions, like sticking to just water the morning of or picking up prescription medication.