Have you ever had to have a tooth pulled? Tooth extractions are common procedures provided by our Beechwood dentist here at Lakeside Smiles. We are here to give you some basic information about why and when tooth extractions are required, and how exactly they work. All a tooth extraction is is the removal of a tooth under the recommendation and supervision of a dental professional such as our Beechwood dentist. A tooth may need to be extracted for any number of reasons. The main reason that a tooth is extracted is because it is damaged beyond repair, whether it is from decay, cracking, breaking, fracturing, facial trauma, infection, and more. At Lakeside Smiles, we believe in restoring teeth whenever possible, but in some cases extraction is simply the most practical option.
At the beginning of the extraction procedure, our Beechwood dentist will first administer a local anesthetic in order to numb the area around the tooth that will be removed, so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort throughout the extraction procedure. If many or all of your teeth are being removed, a general anesthetic may be recommended instead. This kind of anesthesia puts you to sleep and prevents pain throughout your entire body. Once the tooth has carefully been removed by our Beechwood dentist, your main concern will be recovering from the procedure. If stitches are used, they may dissolve after a few days, or they may need to be removed at our office. We will let you know about this in advance. You may feel some discomfort or pain after your procedure, and may decide to take painkillers as prescribed by our dental professionals. You should also avoid smoking, eat soft foods, avoid touching the area or rubbing it with your tongue, keep up with your oral hygiene, and rest after the surgery in order to encourage a fast and efficient healing process.
If you would like to learn more about tooth extractions or any of the other services provided by our Beechwood dentist, please visit the main Lakeside Smiles website and view the additional information we have made available. If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to contact our staff by phone or online for assistance. We look forward to working with you at Lakeside Smiles.