No one wants to lose a tooth, but sometimes it’s necessary to relieve your pain or to preserve the health of your other teeth and your gums. At Jane Clair Dental, our dentist is committed to performing extractions in the most comfortable and beneficial way possible. We treat you with all the same care and concern as we give to people who are having any dental procedure, carefully extracting the tooth without damaging nearby teeth and easing your pain throughout the procedure.
Why You Might Need an Extraction
Injuries can damage a tooth so badly that it can no longer do its job of providing chewing and biting strength. Also, if your tooth is badly decayed, it might be ineffective to try to save it. In either case, you might be in a great deal of pain that can be eliminated by removing the tooth. In addition to all this, a badly decayed or injured tooth can easily become infected or be at greater risk for infection. Before deciding whether to remove the tooth, your dentist examines your teeth and takes x-rays to ensure the tooth really needs to come out and to examine this dental problem in your mouth more closely.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
If the thought of having a tooth removed sends chills up your spine, you might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry during your tooth extraction. Your dentist can prescribe an oral sedative for you to take before the procedure. Then, the sedation process can continue at the dental visit itself. Your dentist can administer nitrous oxide or some other type of sedative to keep you relaxed and anxiety-free while you are having your tooth removed.
The Extraction Procedure
Your dentist follows a procedure for extracting your tooth that is based on his or her experience, good dental practices, and the unique condition of your mouth. The first step is to deaden the nerves in the area of the tooth that is to be removed. If your tooth is impacted, your dentist opens the gums and any bone that hold the tooth in place and then loosen the tooth by pushing it back and forth to loosen it more. Then, he or she uses a special forceps to pull the tooth. The main thing you’re likely to feel is pressure on your jawbone as the dentist works the tooth back and forth or pulls on it to remove it.
Patient Education for Home Care
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to take good care of the wound where your tooth once was, don’t be! Your dentist sends you home with complete instructions on how to take care of the socket, relieve your pain, and sustain your overall health until the wound heals. Then, if you have any questions, you can call our dental office for more information.