Dentist Tempe, AZ
Damage to permanent teeth might create the need to extract them.
While your teeth can last a lifetime, you might be forced to have them extracted due to conditions like decay and other untreatable damage.
In some cases, natural causes like overcrowded teeth can necessitate extraction.
At A Great Smile Arizona, we perform efficient tooth extraction procedures that leave you feeling better.
Unlike the past, where teeth extractions were an uncomfortable topic for some, the introduction of technology has made the process smooth and painless. It takes only a few minutes to get rid of the unwanted tooth.
Why Do I Need to Have My Tooth Extracted?
There are several reasons why you might have your tooth extracted. The reasons vary from one person to another.
|Overcrowded Teeth - When you have overcrowded teeth, you will benefit from an extraction procedure. Having severely overcrowded teeth is uncomfortable and affects your confidence. Our professionals will recommend an extraction procedure that reduces the number of teeth in your mouth.
|Gum Disease - If you don't treat gum disease, also called periodontal disease, on time, it can be as destructive as a root canal infection. In its advanced stages, gum disease causes degeneration of gum ligaments, tissue, and jawbone that supports the teeth. This weakens the teeth’s support system and makes them become loose.
|Tooth Breakage - Another common cause of tooth extraction is tooth breakage. If your tooth breaks near the gum line, there might be insufficient structure to attach a dental crown. This necessitates an extraction, or as the dental practice name suggests, a reconstructive procedure.
|Impacted teeth - An impacted tooth is that which hasn't erupted beyond the gum line. Impacted teeth also happen when the tooth partially erupts. There are several causes of impacted teeth. For instance, it can be due to overcrowding, a displaced tooth, and a tilted or twisted tooth.
Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
There are specific circumstances under which wisdom teeth have to be extracted. Generally, we don't have to remove wisdom teeth if they are impacted but not causing any problems.
This is a better option because removing wisdom teeth that are not causing any problems can result in complications.
If impacted wisdom teeth are causing dental problems, our professionals will have them extracted.
In most cases, impacted wisdom teeth that have not fully broken through the gum surface are prone to dental problems. Bacteria and food particles can get trapped around them and result in infections.
How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take?
The extraction procedure takes anywhere between 20 to 40 minutes. It involves administering a local anesthetic to close the wound at the end of the extraction.
You should know that the process might take longer if you require more than one tooth extraction.
The time frame given is based on an extraction involving a single tooth.
Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?
A tooth extraction procedure is quick and painless. Before our experts start the extraction process, they apply a local anesthetic that numbs the area.
This means you will not feel any pain during the extraction process.
It is normal to feel some pressure when we are working on the tooth during the extraction process, but you won't feel any discomfort thanks to the effects of the anesthetic.
You shouldn't hesitate to schedule tooth extraction appointments because the process is quick and painless.
How Long Does Pain Last After Tooth Extraction?
You might feel some pain and discomfort for around four to seven days after the tooth extraction procedure. This timeframe applies mostly to molars.
If you still feel intense pain near the extraction site after five days, book an appointment to see our professionals immediately.
Discomfort during the first 24 hours after the surgery is normal and can be managed by painkillers.
What to Do After Tooth Extraction?
After undergoing a tooth extraction procedure, there are several things you should do to speed up recovery. Here are some of the things you should know after this procedure.
How to Stop Bleeding After Tooth Extraction?
You can apply wet gauze to the affected area to stop bleeding. To do so, dampen a piece of gauze with water, fold it up and gently place it on the empty tooth socket.
This will help stop the bleeding almost instantly.
When to Stop Using Gauze After Tooth Extraction?
The right time to stop using gauze after an extraction procedure is when you see there is very little blood accumulation.
When using gauze, ensure that you change it every 15 minutes. After every change, you will notice the blood deposit on the pad reducing.
What to Eat After Tooth Extraction?
It would help if you stuck to eating soft foods after a tooth extraction procedure. Eat only soft foods and liquids for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
This helps create the right conditions for your mouth to heal.
When Can I Smoke After Tooth Extraction?
It would be best to stop smoking for at least 72 hours after tooth extraction. We advise that you avoid smoking because smoking disintegrates blood clots from the wound.
Can I Drink Alcohol, Coffee, or Soda After Tooth Extraction?
You should avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, or soda after an extraction procedure. These drinks will get in contact with the open wound and corrode blood clots.
Can I Brush After Tooth Extraction?
To be on the safe side, we encourage you to avoid brushing your teeth in the first 24 hours after the extraction procedure.
This ensures that the affected area is secured and not interfered with in any way. After 24 hours, brush with care to prevent the toothbrush from getting close to the wound.
Can I Use Mouthwash for Cleaning After Tooth Extraction?
You should not use mouthwash after an extraction procedure because it is unsafe to do so. Mouthwash can cause the blood clot to dislodge and cause bleeding.
Schedule an Appointment for Extraction Today!
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but there are several circumstances that necessitate extractions. If you need your tooth extracted due to various reasons, our team at A Great Smile Arizona is ready to help.
Call us at (480) 672-0007 to learn more about teeth extraction and why it might just be what you need.