At Madison Family Dental, it is always our goal to save our patients’ natural teeth; however, there are times when extraction is the best option. When this is the case, we will always work hard to ensure our patient a comfortable experience.
Teeth extractions may be necessary due to decay or damage that is beyond repair, injury or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. A tooth may also need to be removed if it is in the best interest of the other teeth. When conducting a tooth extraction, we work to make the process as easy as possible. Most patients who have a tooth removed are already experiencing some type of dental issue, and our main goal is to fix the problem.
We start by taking X-rays of the area. This allows us to determine the safest way to successfully remove the tooth. Next, we will provide sedation in order to prevent any patient discomfort during the extraction. Once the preparations have been made, we can begin the actual extraction.
Our experts use special equipment to quickly and carefully pull the tooth from the socket. Thanks to the numbing effects of local anesthesia, the patient should not feel pain during this brief process, but they may feel a sensation of pressure in the immediate area. We then get to work controlling any bleeding that follows. In order to do this, we will instruct the patient to bite down on a gauze pad for roughly 30 to 45 minutes. This will allow a blood clot to form at the extraction site. This clot must not be disturbed in any way for at least 24 hours following the procedure. For this reason, we instruct patients to avoid using straws, consuming drugs or alcohol, exercising intensely and smoking during this time.
The complete recovery period following a standard tooth extraction usually lasts a few days. The patient can use an ice pack on the outer cheek for up to 20 minutes in order to reduce any swelling that follows. Once the swelling has subsided, a warm compress can be applied to the area for comfort. The patient can also gently rinse their mouth with warm salt water to help keep the extraction site clean. They may also want to consume exclusively soft foods to help ease the recovery process. Most patients return to their normal diets after just a few days.
Madison Family Dental also conducts wisdom teeth removal procedures for patients needing to have their wisdom teeth removed. The wisdom teeth are sometimes referred to as the third molars, and they typically begin to emerge when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. These teeth tend to grow at a severely slanted angle, and there is often very little room available for them in the mouth. For those reasons, only a small number of people ultimately keep their wisdom teeth permanently. Removing these teeth as early as possible can help prevent the patient from experiencing other issues later on.
The oral care team at Madison Family Dental is ready to help you if you require a tooth extraction. We’ll work to make the process as easy as possible so that you can focus on improving your oral health. Please call us at (201) 468-9884 to schedule an appointment.