Tooth Extraction – Canton, MI
Remove Damaged Teeth and Protect Your Smile!
Saving natural teeth is always the first priority for Dr. J.D. Robison and his team. Advancements in dentistry make it easier than ever to keep teeth that are damaged by decay, disease or injury in the mouth where it belongs. But if a tooth is damaged beyond repair, it’s not going to do your oral health any favors. That’s why in some cases, an extraction will be needed. During your treatment, you can expect only the best comfort and accommodations, so don’t be afraid to schedule your next appointment by calling our office!
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime when properly maintained, however there are many reasons why a tooth may require an extraction. The most common reasons are severe tooth decay or trauma, however dental disease or injury are not the only reasons to have a tooth extracted. For example, tooth extractions are common for individuals with
- Crowded mouths
- Inner tooth infections
- A high risk of infection (common with wisdom teeth)
If your tooth is in significant pain or you’ve recently experienced an oral injury that left your tooth severely damaged, it is critical that you get to our office as soon as possible to prevent future problems.
What Does the Process Entail?
Keep in mind that all tooth extractions involve the use of local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during treatment, regardless of the complexity of your case.
The nature of your extraction can vary depending on how accessible the tooth is inside your mouth. For example, visible teeth require rocking back and forth with an elevator, a common dental tool designed to break the tooth from the periodontal ligament holding it in place. The tooth is then removed with a pair of dental forceps. Alternatively, teeth that are trapped underneath the gums can be accessed by first making an incision in the gum tissue. In some cases, teeth need to be broken apart prior to removal, but this is considered normal.
What Aftercare Steps Should I Take?
Immediately following your extraction, you’ll want to take any painkillers that are either prescribed to you or recommended by Dr. Robison. To promote healing, bite down on the gauze pad provided to you. This will reduce bleeding and allow a clot to properly form over the socket. Replace the gauze pad as needed, leaving it in place for three to four hours after the extraction.
During your recovery, make sure to follow all steps recommended by the dentist, including but not limited to the following:
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling after treatment. Remove and reapply every 10 minutes.
- Rest for at least 24 hours.
- Do not use a straw for the next 24 hours.
- Do not forcefully spit or rinse your mouth out until 24 hours have past.
- Keep a soft diet during the first day after your extraction, then gradually add more solid foods to your diet as the clot fully heals.
- Continue to brush and floss as normal, making sure to avoid the extraction site.
- Visit our practice right away if fever symptoms appear or if discomfort does not subside after the first week of healing.