Sometimes a tooth may be too damaged or decayed to treat effectively. In these instances, an extraction may be recommended. At Precision Dentistry, Dr. Gol can perform oral surgery procedures such as simple extractions, surgical extractions, and wisdom teeth removal. Using gentle techniques and the latest methods, he strives to make your treatment as pain-free as possible.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are many reasons why tooth removal may be necessary. For example, you may need an extraction if:
- You have a large cavity
- A tooth is fractured below the gum line
- You have an infected tooth
- Root canal therapy has failed
- Your bite is overcrowded
- You have an impacted wisdom tooth
Tooth Extraction Treatment Process
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Gol will assess the tooth in question and take x-rays. This will help him determine if extraction is the only treatment option. If alternative treatments are a possibility, Dr. Gol will talk with you in detail about each one.
To prepare you for a tooth extraction, Dr. Gol administers local anesthesia for your comfort. Next, he carefully loosens the tooth and frees it from the surrounding gum tissue. If the tooth is partially or fully hidden beneath the gums, an incision will be made to access the area. After loosening the tooth, Dr. Gol may divide it into sections before lifting it from the socket. Finally, stitches may be placed to protect the area and promote healing.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most dentists agree that patients should have their wisdom teeth – or third molars – removed between the ages of 17 and 25 to prevent oral health issues. Wisdom teeth can be removed at any age, but during this time frame, they are not yet fully developed, making them easier to extract.
Wisdom teeth often grow in sideways or become impacted (either partially or fully) in the jawbone. This can lead to a number of complications, including decay, gum disease, infection cysts, and discomfort. Extracting these teeth proactively can help you avoid more extensive treatments in the future. Dr. Gol can perform a complete assessment to determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for you.
Healing and Recovery
Following tooth extraction, patients can expect some degree of discomfort and swelling. These side effects are normal following oral surgery and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications. To reduce swelling and inflammation, apply a cold compress to the jaw in 20-minute increments for the first 24 hours. Gently rinsing with a warm saltwater solution can help soothe the tissues and alleviate discomfort. Do not brush directly on the surgical site. However, continue to brush and the floss the rest of your teeth.
For the first day, eat a soft-food diet. This may include soup, applesauce, yogurt, pudding, and smoothies. As your comfort level improves, introduce more solid foods.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first 48 to 72 hours. An elevated heart rate can increase the risk for postoperative bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
In most cases, patients can return to work comfortably within one to three days. Your total recovery timeline will depend on several factors, including how many teeth were extracted and the complexity of your case.
Learn More about Oral Surgery in Columbia, MD
If you think you might need an extraction, schedule a visit with Dr. Gol at Precision Dentistry. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (410) 884-0262.