Nothing to Fear
At White River Dental, our first goal is to preserve our patient's natural teeth. However, there are some instances where extraction (removal) of the tooth may be the most appropriate course of action. For example, tooth extraction is often the best way to help someone suffering from a badly fractured or infected tooth, and to keep it from causing further damage. Likewise, in the case of crowding or impacted wisdom teeth, extraction may be needed to prevent trouble from occurring later. Luckily, in most cases, it is a routine procedure that's nothing to fear when done by an experienced dentist, like Dr. Aaron Strickland or Dr. Brittany Curnutt at White River Dental. Here's what to expect, should your dentist recommend tooth extraction to you.
First a radiographic examination (X-Ray) allows the dentist to see the tooth's exact position to anticipate any possible complications. Your medical and drug history will also be evaluated, so the dentist can establish your options for anesthesia and aftercare. As always, remember to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions or any current medications to your dentist, so they can ensure that they're able to provide you with the highest quality customized care plan.
In a simple tooth extraction, no surgical incisions are necessary, and may be performed under local anesthesia such as a numbing shot. More complex, or multiple extractions may require conscious sedation, such as nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation. Your dentist will determine the most appropriate form of sedation based on your medical history and the procedure itself.
After you've been anesthetized, the tooth can be removed. Many people imagine that teeth are set into the bone like a stone set in concrete - but that's not the case! Teeth are attached by a set of fibers called periodontal ligaments. A dentist's careful manipulation of these fibers can usually dislodge a tooth without much difficulty.
Following the procedure, you may experience some swelling or discomfort in the first few days after the tooth extraction. While recovering, it's important to follow aftercare instructions from your dentist in order to make sure the tooth's socket heals properly. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics and/or pain medication for a few days after the procedure. If you are unclear on the recovery instructions you've been given, be sure to call your dentist. They are here to help! If your dentist has recommended tooth extraction, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated. But remember that extraction is a simple way to resolve some common dental problems.
White River Dental Columbus, Indiana is committed to providing the highest quality oral care to preserve and protect our patient's natural teeth when possible, but we want our patients to be informed of every option available. If you are in need of dental care, contact us today to schedule an appointment! 812-378-5500