What is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a diseased or decaying tooth. Removing a tooth is often the last resort for many dentists. In most cases, a dentist can save a decayed or dysfunctional tooth. DeStefano Dentistry recommends that patients get a full examination before assuming their circumstances call for tooth extraction. After all, our focus is to always save and maintain a healthy and full set of teeth. But there are certain circumstances where tooth extractions are necessary to avoid future oral health problems.
Why Extract a Tooth?
If a patient experiences one of the following conditions Dr. DeStefano may need to perform a tooth extraction.
- Wisdom teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Preparation for Braces
The Tooth Extraction Process
Though the process is often simple, it is still important to seek a dentist with proper training in the safe removal of teeth. As Pittsford’s Top-Rated Local® dentist, Dr. DeStefano uses gentle precision and expertise to remove teeth when it is necessary and safe for his patients. First, x-rays will be done to evaluate the tooth. Next, the patient will be under local or general anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort. In addition to removing the tooth, Dr. DeStefano may use a dental bridge, dental implant, or denture to replace the missing tooth.
The first type of extraction process is simple extraction. Dr. DeStefano will choose a simple extraction when the tooth is visible in the mouth and will use forceps to remove the tooth. The procedure requires no surgical techniques and is typically the cheaper removal option.
The second extraction process is the surgical extraction. This extraction is performed on teeth that have a broken gum line or if they have not descended into the mouth. For example, wisdom teeth removal. The procedure is more complex so an oral surgeon and anesthesia may be necessary.
Recovery After Tooth Removal
After tooth extraction, patients may experience a certain amount of pain. They can relieve the pain by applying ice to the external area, rinsing with warm salt water, or anti-inflammatory medicine. Antibiotics can be prescribed to the patient in order to fight infection. Patients may not be able to eat certain foods and hot liquids for up to 24 hours after the extraction. If stitches are placed, a follow-up appointment is necessary to remove stitches. Patients typically take a week or two to recover.
Schedule a Consultation
Residents of Pittsford, Brighton, and East Rochester are encouraged to call us at 585.248.2383 to request an appointment at a time that is convenient to them.