Tooth Extraction for Pain Management
Nothing beats the excruciating pain caused by a toothache. The pain and headache that will not go away even after taking pain relievers can keep you awake all night long. Tooth extraction could be your only option at this point. Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket. Our team of dentists from Dallas Oral Surgery Associates are highly trained to perform this procedure.
When to Get a Tooth Extraction
If you have an impacted tooth you may need a tooth extraction. In this case a tooth grows pushing another tooth. This tooth is prone to infections and causes swelling, bleeding and redness in the gums. This is common with wisdom teeth which grow inwards pushing the molars causing a painful and swollen jaw. In such cases, it is advised that the tooth is extracted to avoid serious damage to the neighboring teeth.
A tooth with severe decay which might be caused by accumulated plaque that forms tartar is another reason for needing an extraction. The particles wear out the tooth enamel rendering it weak. If the condition is not treated early, it may lead to infections causing excruciating pain and swelling. At this point the best solution is to have a tooth extraction.
Tooth decay may lead to swelling of the gums, also known as gingivitis, and the tissues and bone around the teeth may develop into periodontitis. When this condition worsens, it is suitable to undergo an extraction.
Accidents causing irreparable damage may also require tooth extraction. When teeth are subjected to great trauma such as a hard blow or a fall, they might break and become irreparable. In this case the teeth will have to be removed.
Impaction can also lead to overcrowded teeth. When this happens, the teeth growing inwards are pulled to create space for the affected teeth to straighten out.
Molar teeth may get fractured because they are used for chewing. Hard foods may cause fractured molars and if the fracture extends below the gum line, the tooth will have to be pulled.
A tooth that is too large to fit in the mouth will also need to be removed. Such a tooth if left in the mouth may damage the mouth tissues and lead to other dental problems.
What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction
Our dentists will examine your teeth before an extraction to make sure that is the last option. You will be injected with an anesthetic in the gums to numb the area, then the dentist will use a pair of forceps to extract the tooth. A surgical procedure that involves cutting the gums open is conducted for impacted teeth.
What to Do After an Extraction
After your extraction, bite a piece of gauze for a period of time as instructed by the dentist. This helps in blood clotting and will stop the bleeding. Get rest and avoid activities that are strenuous.
Avoid use of straws because it makes the clots loosen up. Eat soft foods after the procedure. Hard foods will cause an irritation on the hole and may cause further damage to the space.
Use salt water and antiseptic provided by the dentist to rinse your mouth. This protects the area from infections. We offer professional tooth extraction procedures. To schedule an appointment at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, contact us today 214-363-9946. Do not suffer any longer with a painful tooth.