On many occasions, a tooth can be saved with a wide range of procedures depending on the condition. Typically, a root canal is a last-ditch effort when it comes to saving a tooth when either infection or damage has reached the pulp – the center of the tooth. But when all other options have been exhausted and it has been determined that it is the best often–an extraction is called for. At River Run Family Dentistry we only want the best for our patients.
Do Extractions Hurt?
With modern medicine, we can eliminate the pain that would otherwise occur when a tooth is pulled. We and any other dentist office will use anesthesia to eliminate the pain. You will experience some discomfort a few days with full recovery in 1-2 weeks after the procedure. This is the harder part for the patient overall.
What Reasons Would A Tooth Need to Be Pulled?
A tooth might need extraction for several reasons. If the tooth affects the rest of the mouth, then that can be a big reason for it to be pulled.
Teeth that have either grown at an odd angle or a blow to the mouth has moved it out of the place can affect a person’s bite and/or ability to chew food properly. The former is the reason why so many people have their wisdom teeth removed – because they oftentimes do grow at an angle that pushes against other teeth, specifically the molars.
If a tooth has become infected beyond repair such as intense levels of tooth decay, an extraction is the best option. Severe gum disease can also require tooth extraction if the gums have receded far enough to expose the roots.
If a tooth has become too damaged, options such as a crown, bonding agent, root canal, or other options will not save the tooth, the best option is to have it pulled.
As touched on above, the recovery process can take between 1 to 2 weeks with the first 24 hours leaving you the most vulnerable. For the first day you will be advised to not rinse your mouth to avoid opening the formed blood clot which is known as dry socket. Ensuring that this clot does not open is essentially the main goal through the recovery process. You will be advised to eat soft foods at first until the area has healed.
Replacing an Extracted Tooth
If the extracted tooth leaves a gap that is easily visible by others and/or is affecting your ability to chew, you are likely wanting to get it replaced. Bridges, implants, and partial dentures aim to replace missing teeth in their own way. You can talk to us about which option is best for you and we will ensure you lead a happy, healthy mouth! At River Run Family Dentistry we want to make sure each patient feels at home when they see us. You can call 830-387-3040 to ask any questions or schedule an appointment. We are looking forward to hearing from you!