While it is always our goal to care for and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases when removing a tooth is in a patient’s best interest. We work to make extractions as easy as possible so that patients can concentrate on achieving fast recoveries.
Although removing a permanent tooth might seem counterintuitive, there are some situations when it is truly the best option. Some examples might when a tooth is too severely damaged to be salvaged or when a tooth is growing in a manner that disturbs other teeth. No matter the reason, the top priority is to ensure that the extraction process is completed efficiently without any unnecessary complications. Once the patient recovers, we can discuss the possibility of replacing the lost tooth if necessary.
The process of removing a tooth is typically very fast, and we will use appropriate anesthesia to ensure your comfort. One of the most important aspects of a tooth extraction is the recovery. We need to start controlling the bleeding and encouraging a proper healing process as soon as the tooth is out. This involves having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot. They must then be extremely careful not to disturb the blood clot, especially for the next 24 hours.
To manage swelling, an ice pack can be used on the outer cheek. Once the swelling has subsided, a warm compress can be applied to the same area for comfort. We also recommend performing gentle rinses with warm salt water to keep the extraction site clean. Most patients can expect it to take them a few days to make a complete recovery from a typical tooth extraction.
Wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to develop, and they grow in the very back of the mouth. In most cases, a person will start to feel these teeth emerge when they are in their late teens or early twenties. Almost everyone has these teeth removed since they tend to grow at a severely slanted angle and will likely bump into other teeth and cause crowding. There is also very little space available for these teeth. Ultimately, about 85% of adults end up having their wisdom teeth removed. During recovery, the patient should make sure to drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest and consume proper nutrients.
Receive your tooth extraction from Capital Dental. We make tooth extractions and wisdom teeth extractions easy so that you can make a quick recovery and get back to enjoying life. Our practice also offers tooth replacement options, including top-quality dental implants. Please call us at (402) 420-0999 to schedule an appointment.