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While most dentists prefer not to remove your teeth, sometimes, you can’t avoid extractions. They are effective solutions for many problems.

Why Do Dentists Extract Teeth?

Pulling teeth are usually a last-resort option for dentists. Most of the time, they want to preserve the natural tooth wherever possible. But extractions become necessary when:

  1. Gum disease has loosened and damaged a tooth. It might be not salvageable. In that case, dentists have to remove it before the disease spreads to other teeth.
  2. Wisdom teeth are impacted or growing funny. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, sometimes grow into the mouth wrong or don’t get all the way through the gum line. They have to be removed to avoid infections. This will harm the jaws or the other teeth.
  3. Too many cavities may make a tooth not restorable. A dentist can drill only so much before he or she can’t drill a tooth any more. In that case, the dentist has to have a tooth removed due to the cavities and decay.
  4. Baby teeth don’t fall out naturally. Sometimes, teens don’t lose their baby teeth but their adult teeth are ready to pop through the gums. To avoid crowding or other problems, dentists will remove the baby teeth to allow the adult teeth room to grow.
  5. You need space before braces are added to your teeth. Although dentists can create space using retainers and other equipment, they will remove teeth to reduce overcrowding if they have to do that.
  6. If you need dentures, dentists will extract teeth. To create dentures, dentists will extract remaining teeth to ensure you can have a complete set of dentures.
  7. Tooth is dead. If a root canal therapy can’t be performed to save a tooth because the tooth already is dead, the dentist will extract it to prevent other problems in the mouth.

What Is the Procedure?

Before removing your tooth, Dr. Wright will numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, sedative, such as IV sedation or general anesthetic may be used depending on the type of extraction you need. If you have impacted teeth, IV sedation may be necessary. If you need to have several or all of your teeth removed, you will need general anesthesia. You will be asleep during the procedure.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, a bridge or nothing.

What Happens After Surgery?

You can expect to rest for a few days to recover from the surgery. To speed your recovery, you should heed the advice of Dr. Wright.

  • Take painkillers as prescribed.
  • Apply an ice or cold pack to outside your mouth to help relieve pain and swelling on a 20-minute cycle.
  • After one day, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp of salt in a medium-sized glass of warm water.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not lie flat. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Do not use a straw to drink.
  • Continue to brush your teeth and tongue.

Contact Dr. Wright at 903-872-8422 if you need a tooth pulled. You may also pay Just Wright Dental a visit at 465 W. 2nd Avenue Suite 125 Corsicana, TX.

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