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Tooth Extraction in Brownstown

X-ray of impacted wisdom tooth Thanks to advances dentistry as well as at-home hygiene care, your teeth really can last a lifetime. However, there are times when tooth extraction is simply unavoidable. According to The Mayo Clinic, tooth extractions run a very low risk of complications and are performed very routinely. Dr. Sammi Hadad and her assistant are a skilled and experienced team when it comes to tooth extraction in Brownstown. So not to worry—you or a loved one will be in good hands.

Why Do I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Teenage girl wearing braces There are several reasons why Dr. Hadad might recommend tooth extraction. One is tooth decay. A tooth may be so severely damaged that it cannot be repaired with a filling, inlay, onlay or dental crown. In this case, an extraction is necessary to prevent the spread of infection and to eliminate any discomfort or pain that a large cavity can cause.

Other reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth
  • Malfunctioning teeth
  • Difficult to reach teeth

These types of extractions help to prevent future crowding of your remaining teeth, which can lead to bite problems. In this way, extraction ensures a great looking smile that also functions well when the process is completed.

A dentist in Brownstown may also need to remove a tooth in preparation for orthodontic treatment. In this case, extracting a tooth helps to create sufficient space for your other teeth to move into proper alignment. Finally, advanced periodontal disease that has destroyed gum and bone tissue can cause teeth to loosen and require extraction.

How is a Tooth Removed?

Smiling patient in dentist chair The procedure begins with the gentle delivery of a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding soft tissue and bone. Then when the extraction starts, you might feel pressure, but not any pain.

Dr. Hadad may be able to extract your tooth using applied pressure to the socket and dental forceps. If the tooth is impacted, then she may need to surgically divide the tooth and remove one section at a time from the underlying bone.

Tell Me about the Recovery from Tooth Extraction

After having a tooth extracted, you can expect some bleeding and swelling. Depending on which tooth was removed, a gauze pad may be all that’s needed to stop the bleeding. Otherwise, Dr. Hadad may place a couple of stitches to help your gums heal.

For the first few hours after your procedure, apply a cold compress to your cheek to help reduce swelling. Discomfort can usually be managed with ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Nutrition is important to the healing process. Stick to a diet of soft foods for the first few days. When drinking, don’t use a straw—the suction can pull on tender gum tissue or the stitches if there are any.

In most cases, if the extraction site is kept clean and you follow our recovery instructions, your gums should be healed up without any trouble in just a matter of weeks.