Dental Extraction in Spokane, WA
At NorthView Family Dental we try to avoid performing tooth extractions, but sometimes it becomes necessary. When teeth are damaged beyond repair or they are decayed beyond being able to be fixed, full extraction from the socket is necessary for overall oral health. If we determine that extraction is your only choice, you can trust that you are in good hands at our office.
Reasons for Tooth ExtractionThere are numerous reasons why a tooth cannot be saved. The most common reasons are excessive decay and trauma to the nerves of the tooth. Other reasons for tooth extraction include:
|•||Advanced gum disease that has damaged the gum and bone tissue.|
|•||Unique fracture to the tooth.|
|•||Wisdom teeth that are impacted or infected.|
|•||Teeth that are not functioning properly.|
The Types of Tooth ExtractionThere are two types of tooth extraction that we can perform. The first is a simple extraction. This is when the tooth is easily removed and no cutting is necessary. This is not a surgical procedure and the recovery is typically fairly simple. The second type of extraction is the surgical extraction. This procedure requires anesthesia in order to numb the area, ensuring that you do not feel any pain. The surgical procedure is used in cases of fractured or impacted teeth, when the tooth will not come out easily and will need to be taken out in parts.
Caring for your Extracted ToothAfter your tooth extraction, it is normal to experience pain, bleeding, and swelling. How you care for yourself immediately following the procedure greatly determines your outcome.
The best thing you can do for yourself following a tooth extraction is to rest. This will allow the bleeding to subside, the swelling to be minimized, and the pain to be manageable. If you find that you are bleeding longer than 12 hours following the procedure or the bleeding is excessive, it is important that you call us right away.
Most patients that we see require some type of pain medication after a tooth extraction. In most cases, over-the-counter ibuprofen or Tylenol work well to reduce the pain and swelling. If they are not enough, you can call our office to discuss your pain and your options for pain management.
For the first 24-hours following your extraction, it is important that you greatly modify your diet to be a liquid diet and do not rinse the area. After 24-hours, you can rinse with warm, salt water and slowly return to your normal diet, slowly beginning with soft foods to prevent damage to the area.
After you are fully healed, it is important to continue with proper oral hygiene. This will help to keep the area clean and prevent the risk of infection. After you are fully healed, we can discuss your tooth replacement options to help restore full function to your mouth once again.
If you have any questions about tooth extractions, what they entail, and how to recover, give us a call for your appointment today.