At Lee J. Martin, DMD, we don’t make recommendations for tooth extraction until we have exhausted every possibility for saving your tooth. Although always a last resort, it sometimes makes sense to pull a tooth to protect your oral health.
If you find yourself needing an extraction, you can turn to Dr. Martin with full confidence. His gentle touch and calming presence help even the most anxious dental patient be more relaxed. You can expect minimal trauma during the procedure, and every step is taken to promote optimal healing.
When You Might Need a Tooth Extraction
No dentist likes to extract a tooth, but in some situations, it is the best solution.
- You have suffered trauma, and your tooth is broken off so close to the gumline we simply cannot repair it.
- Your gum disease is so advanced, one or more loose teeth must come out.
- If you are experiencing overcrowding, removing a tooth can ease the pressure on the rest of your teeth.
- Your root canal treatment was not successful, so the tooth must be removed to eliminate the infection to protect the rest of your teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
It is natural to feel some anxiety about an extraction, but with local anesthetic, the area is completely numbed, so the procedure is pain-free. Dr. Martin carefully plans out the extraction process beforehand, so once he begins, the procedure goes quickly.
With simple extractions, stitches are usually not needed afterward because the tooth is already above the gumline.
Promoting Healing with Proper Home Care
Caring for the extraction after the procedure is crucial to promote healthy healing of the site. Be sure to follow Dr. Martin’s instructions carefully, including:
- Take it easy for a day or two after the extraction to give your body a chance to heal. Avoid strenuous workouts for the first week afterward.
- Avoid smoking or using a straw in the days following the procedure. The sucking motion used with both can cause the forming clot to dislodge at the extraction, resulting in a painful condition known as “dry socket.”
- Do your best to keep the extraction site clean and free of debris while it is healing. Eat only soft foods for the first several days and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help. If your pain doesn’t go away, or if it gets worse, be sure to give us a call.
Call Us if You Need More Information on Tooth Extractions
Although we will work hard to find another solution, sometimes an extraction is necessary. Call Lee J. Martin, DMD, to find out if extraction is your best option for a problematic tooth. With Dr. Martin’s practiced, gentle touch, the experience does not need to be traumatic. Call us today!