EXTRACTIONS

Despite your best efforts, teeth sometimes need to be removed to protect your health. When we’ve discussed all other possibilities, and you’ve decided on extraction, we’ll take every step to help you. Your well-being always takes priority in any treatment decision. Some patients prefer sedation to help with oral surgery, and we can review these options in your treatment plan. You can trust we take every measure to make sure even minor surgical procedures are as comfortable as possible.

Some teeth are removed more easily than others, but the Vital Dental team takes pride in helping every patient get numb with modern anesthetics to start every procedure. Once anesthesia settles in, Dr. Asad Ahsan uses specialized instruments to elevate the tooth out of place. You will receive specific post-op instructions help you care for the area after your procedure, with prescriptions for any medications needed during the healing period.

While our immediate concern is the short-term management of your care, we will also discuss your long-term plans for replacing missing teeth. Leaving a space is always an option, but spaces in your smile can create appearance and function challenges that are important to consider. Teeth slowly shift or migrate into open spaces, and minimizing the effects of an unbalanced bite can prevent issues later in life.

Although our primary goal is to help your teeth stay healthy and functional, tooth extractions is sometimes the best way to preserve the overall health of your mouth. Since teeth help nourish our bodies and support our confidence, we will help you find a game plan that fits your short and long-term goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. This can be necessary for various reasons, including severe decay, infection, crowding, or trauma.

Why might someone need a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions may be necessary for several reasons, including advanced tooth decay, irreparable damage due to trauma, impacted wisdom teeth, or to create space for orthodontic treatment.

 Is tooth extraction painful?

Tooth extractions are typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that patients do not feel pain during the procedure. Some discomfort may be experienced after the extraction, which can be managed with pain medications.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

The recovery period after a tooth extraction varies, but most people can resume normal activities within a day or two. Following post-extraction care instructions, such as avoiding certain foods and activities, is crucial for a smooth recovery.

Are there alternatives to tooth extraction?

In some cases, alternatives to tooth extraction may include restorative treatments such as root canal therapy or dental crowns. The decision depends on the specific condition of the tooth and the patient’s oral health goals.

What is the process of a tooth extraction?

The tooth extraction process involves numbing the area with local anesthesia, loosening the tooth within its socket, and gently removing it. In some cases, stitches may be needed, and post-extraction care instructions will be provided.

Can I eat normally after a tooth extraction?

It’s advisable to stick to a soft diet for the first few days after a tooth extraction to avoid disrupting the healing process. As the area heals, normal eating can gradually be resumed.

 Are there risks associated with tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions are generally safe when performed by a qualified dentist. However, risks may include infection, bleeding, or complications such as a dry socket. Following post-extraction care instructions minimizes these risks.

Can I replace an extracted tooth with a dental implant?

Yes, a dental implant can be a suitable option to replace a missing tooth after extraction. Dental implants offer a stable and permanent solution for restoring both the appearance and function of a missing tooth.

How much does a tooth extraction cost?

The cost of a tooth extraction varies based on factors such as the complexity of the extraction and geographic location. It’s advisable to check with the dental office for specific pricing information and whether dental insurance covers the procedure.

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