For many people, their greatest fear about going to the dentist is finding out they are going to lose a tooth. Even with preventative measures such as fillings, crowns, and caps, it would be great to know those efforts were enough to keep your tooth firmly in its socket. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no other choice and extraction is the only option in keeping your mouth at its healthiest. We know it is not the best news to hear, which is why we at Harry Albers DDS want to help you get through the process as comfortable as possible.
What Is Going to Happen During an Extraction?
Of course, the first thing we will always do is try to save the tooth. If a root canal is a viable consideration, we will give that a shot to see if it helps. When we finally have to concede that removal is the only option, it is due to extreme levels of infection or tooth decay. There may also be crowding of your teeth surrounding it or maybe just something as mundane as a wisdom tooth. It is understandable that this will make you anxious, but you need to know that we will do everything in our power to prevent you from feeling any pain during the process. We offer several varieties of anesthesia for your convenience.
There are two types of extraction we prefer to use. One is a simple pull, where the tooth is just taken out with forceps. If there are complications present, we would need to have a surgical removal, but rest assured we will make sure you are comfortable while we perform any necessary incisions to help extract the tooth.
Afterward, we will pack the hole with gauze and recommend leaving it on the site for at least a half an hour. Some bleeding is to be expected, so do not let it alarm you! Make sure not to use cigarettes, a straw, or do anything with your mouth to create a sucking pressure inside. This can remove the clot that will form where your tooth was and create something called a dry socket, which can be excruciatingly painful and also hinder the healing process. If you notice copious amounts of blood, feel feverish or chilly, nauseated, or just feel extreme amounts of pain, it is important to call our office right away! There could be an issue with the procedure site, and we may need to address the problem immediately.
Options After Losing A Tooth
It can be traumatizing and damaging to your self-esteem to have a tooth removed, but please understand we have several exciting options for restoring your smile! From bridges and partials, inlays and onlays, there are many ways we can get you back to feeling like your regular self. If you are concerned about having an extraction or want to know more about how to restore your confidence after having a tooth removed, calling Harry Albers DDS at (707) 806-0545 will connect you with someone who will be happy to schedule an appointment to answer any questions you may have!