Even though the preference is to save the natural tooth whenever possible, there are those times that extraction is the only sensible option. When a tooth is so badly decayed that it cannot be saved it must be pulled. Sometimes, extractions are advised for orthodontic work where crowding of teeth or multiple sets of teeth are causing problems. If a tooth is cracked and the fissure extends below the gum line, the likelihood of losing the tooth is high. Whatever the circumstances are Dr. Tricia Linger will make an assessment after examining the tooth and explain the findings to you.
For the most part, dental extractions are usually minor general dentistry procedures particularly with anterior or front teeth which have one root. Things can sometimes get a little more complicated with posterior or back teeth because molars have multiple roots, commonly three, occasionally four. Extraction of these teeth can take a little more time. Teeth that have little or no crown to work with – meaning the part of the tooth above the gum line is mostly or completely gone – can also take more time as each root must be removed entirely. It is important to disturb the surrounding tissues as little as possible to assure optimum healing. With this in mind, Dr. Linger performs extractions with concern for your care and comfort during the procedure as well as afterwards.
Aftercare of Extraction Site
Proper care of the extraction site is critical to relieve discomfort and speed the healing. You will be given instructions on proper oral hygiene after an extraction. Follow the directions in order to prevent complications such as dry socket which can cause severe discomfort and unpleasant odor. Dr. Linger and staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your extraction and aftercare. With proper care post-procedure healing will begin quickly, discomfort will be kept to a minimum if you feel any soreness at all. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family.