When it comes to your dental health, we will do everything possible to repair your natural teeth. Removal is typically the last resort when it comes to restoring your smile. At your Mansfield dental office, we know that this invasive form of treatment can be intimidating. To make this process easier on you, here is how you can best prepare for an extraction.
Preventing Severe Problems
There are a few main reasons why extraction is necessary. First, you may have severe decay that even a filling or root canal cannot help. Secondly, you may have an impacted tooth, such as your third molars, which cannot fully grow. You may also have problems with overcrowding that can best be fixed with removal. Other conditions may lead your dentist to recommend an extraction as well.
While you cannot help if a tooth becomes impacted, there are ways to prevent a severely damaged tooth. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene at home and come in biannually for a checkup. This helps reduce your chances of cavities, and if a cavity is detected restorations can begin immediately.
Before Your Extraction
Depending on the location and number of teeth that will be extracted, your preparation may look different. In general, we recommend taking time off of school and work for the treatment and recovery. You can also ask your doctor what pain medications would be best to take. If possible, stock up on softer foods and water so that you can eat with less difficulty.
During the appointment, the area will be numbed. Then an incision will be made, and the tooth will be removed. The area will be cleaned and closed, and you can leave the appointment. You may want to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment, as sedation affects everyone differently.
Recovering After This Appointment
You may experience mild discomfort or soreness for the days following your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your dentist immediately. Remember to not drink anything through a straw or smoke and eat softer foods until the wound heals.
Restorative options such as bridges and implants are available if you would like to replace the removed tooth. A bridge is a prosthetic that is held in place by supporting natural teeth. An implant is surgically placed into your jaw. Your dentist will thoroughly explain your options and help you determine what the best method for you is based on your needs and health history.
Schedule Your Tooth Extraction
If you have been told that removal is the best option, do not delay this treatment. To schedule an appointment, contact Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227.