July 14, 2017
Thanks to advances in dental technology and equipment, having a tooth extracted is a relatively safe and uncomplicated procedure. Of course, you still want to make sure you are seeing a dentist in Allen with the skill and experience to make your extraction as easy as possible on you. Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan can provide you with anxiety-free treatment during tooth extraction, regardless of why you need to have a tooth removed.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Most of the time, Drs. Ryan and their team work to help patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. However, there are circumstances that make tooth extraction necessary. One of the more common reasons is extensive tooth decay; unfortunately, decay can reach a point where repair with a filling or crown is not possible and extraction is the better option. Other reasons include:
- A severely broken or cracked tooth
- Preparation for wearing orthodontic braces when teeth are overcrowded
- An infected tooth that cannot be treated with a root canal or antibiotics
- Loose teeth that are the result of advanced gum disease
- Wisdom teeth
Types of Extraction
How your tooth is extracted depends on whether or not the tooth is impacted. An erupted tooth is above the gum line, but an impacted tooth is trapped in the bone below the gum line. For an erupted tooth, we can usually use special dental forceps to remove the tooth. An impacted tooth, on the other hand, often requires oral surgery. Although most of these types of extractions can safely be performed in our office, there are times when your dentist near me will refer you to a specialist. Your health and safety is our absolute first concern. Therefore, if an anatomical variation makes seeing an oral surgeon or periodontist necessary, we work with many of these trusted professionals.
Recovery from Tooth Extraction
Whether you’ve had an erupted or impacted tooth removed, we’ll give you detailed instructions on what to do and not do during your recovery. First of all, you’ll want to rest for at the first day after having a tooth extracted. For the first few hours, keep a clean gauze pad on the site to slow and eventually stop the bleeding. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling, but do not keep one on continuously; use the compress at 20-minutes intervals. If the dentist doesn’t prescribe a pain medication, then ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken. Drink plenty of fluids—don’t use a straw—and stick to diet of soft foods for the first few days.
Contact Our Office for Easy Extractions
If you or a family member needs to have a tooth extracted, then you can trust the dentists at Ryan Dental Group to provide exceptional care. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.