Tooth extractions are often unavoidable when preserving your oral health. Whether you have an impacted wisdom tooth or severe tooth decay, Jeffrey Kockritz, DDS, and Spencer Woodbury, DDS, at Battle Ground Dental can help at their office in Battle Ground, Washington. To find out if you may benefit from a tooth extraction, call the Battle Ground Dental team or schedule an appointment online today.
A tooth extraction is a procedure that involves removing a tooth from its crown through its root. There are many reasons the team at Battle Ground Dental may recommend an extraction, such as:
Having an adult tooth pulled is a last resort treatment. After a comprehensive exam of your mouth, which may include X-rays, the team can determine whether you need a tooth extraction to preserve your oral health.
There are two types of tooth extractions that the team performs at Battle Ground Dental:
A simple extraction is a straightforward treatment. To ease any discomfort, the team administers a local anesthetic that numbs your gums. Next, they use a tool called an elevator to gently loosen your tooth from its socket. Finally, the team pulls the tooth with forceps. In some cases, you may not need sutures after a simple extraction.
Surgical extractions are more complex than their simple counterparts. They’re typically performed when you have a damaged or decayed tooth that’s fully or partially trapped beneath the gum line.
During a surgical extraction, the team uses a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. If necessary, they may administer a stronger form of anesthesia. Once you’re comfortable, they make a small incision in your gums to expose the tooth.
Finally, the team uses special dental tools to remove the tooth. This step may take longer if the tooth is broken or fractured into pieces. Once the area is clean and disinfected, they use sutures to close your gums.
The team at Battle Ground Dental always sends you home with detailed aftercare instructions following a tooth extraction. Depending on the type you have, you may need to coordinate a ride home.
When you leave the office, it’s important to bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. You may need to change this pad throughout the day to keep the area clean.
Swelling is expected after a tooth extraction. Ice and over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and inflammation while you recover.
While you heal, a blood clot forms at the extraction site. To ensure this clot doesn’t loosen or dislodge, avoid sucking through a straw while your gums heal. Chewing solid foods may not be possible for the next few days.
If you’re in need of a tooth extraction, call Battle Ground Dental or book an appointment online today.