When to Consider a Tooth Extraction

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Are you experiencing a lot of pain in a tooth? It may be time to consider a tooth extraction.

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is a procedure during which a tooth is removed. We try to avoid pulling a tooth if at all possible but sometimes it is the best solution to maintain your oral health. It’s a simple and common procedure that won’t take long. When you have healed from the procedure, we can talk about options for tooth replacement to restore your smile.

When Should You Consider a Tooth Extraction?

The most common reason for an extraction is a tooth that has become damaged beyond recovery. This could be the result of an accident or a fall that has caused the tooth to stop functioning properly or fall out. A tooth extraction could also be necessary if you have a cavity that has progressed so far that the decay has reached the pulp, at the center of your tooth. Sometimes a tooth can be saved from decay with a root canal, but if it is too severe a tooth extraction is the only solution. You might also need a tooth extraction if you suffer from severe gum disease. When the gums are so damaged that they start to recede, they can’t support the teeth any more.

What Is the Tooth Extraction Procedure Like?

At Alder Trails Dental we are proud to offer same day tooth extractions so the process can be as quick as possible. During a tooth extraction, we’ll make you as comfortable as possible. Once the tooth has been extracted, we will pack gauze into the socket to absorb the bleeding. Sometimes we may place a few self-dissolving stitches to close up the wound. Dr. Tran and our team are passionate about patient care and will provide after-care instructions and follow up to ensure a speedy recovery.

How Can I Avoid a Tooth Extraction?

One of the best ways to avoid a tooth extraction is to practice good oral health habits every day. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste to ensure you’re strengthening your enamel and remineralizing your teeth. You should also stay away from foods high in sugar and carbs and eat foods full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. Another way to avoid losing teeth is to protect them when participating in contact sports. Call us to schedule an appointment so we can fit you with a custom mouthguard.

Regular checkups and cleanings will also help avoid tooth extractions so give us a call today to schedule an appointment.


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