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Extractions in Clinton, MS
There are several reasons that the Northside Dental Group team may recommend a dental extraction. If you have a broken tooth, a decayed tooth, or a toothache, you could be a candidate for a tooth extraction. We can complete tooth extractions in a few different ways. While tooth extractions at Northside Dental Group in Clinton, Mississippi, are sometimes necessary, we always try to save the tooth first.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction occurs when your dentist removes one or more teeth surgically. There are two main types of tooth extractions, simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction. We will use forceps to handle your tooth and remove it during a simple tooth extraction. We make small incisions during a surgical tooth extraction to loosen the tooth and remove it. We will give you sedation medication and numbing injections as needed to make you comfortable during the process during both extraction procedures.
What are the Reasons for a Tooth Extraction?
As mentioned above, there are several reasons that your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. The three main reasons are infection, overcrowding, and a cracked tooth. If your tooth has dental decay that is infected, the tooth may not be salvageable. The best option may be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental bridge or dental implant. Additionally, if you have overcrowding in your mouth, we may suggest removing a tooth to give space for the other teeth to grow and develop. In this case, you may not need a tooth replacement. Lastly, if you have a severely cracked tooth, it may not be repaired with dental bonding or a dental crown. In this case, we may recommend extracting it.
Will a Tooth Extraction Hurt?
Our goal during tooth extraction is to help you feel comfortable and safely remove your tooth. To help you feel comfortable during the procedure, we will give you sedation medication and a numbing injection. We have various sedation options, from nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to sedation in pill form. Once you are comfortable, we will give you a local anesthetic, numbing medication around the tooth that we will extract. You should feel minimal to no pain during the procedure. However, you may feel pressure. Call our dental office for more information about the comfort mechanisms we use during your process. We are happy to discuss the options with you.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
Following a tooth extraction, the body works to form a clot at the extraction location to seal the area. It is essential to protect the clot to prevent complications. To do this, we recommend patients do not rinse or spit for 24 hours following the surgery and avoid using a straw. We also recommend that patients eat soft foods such as applesauce and yogurt. To recover, you will need to rest for the first 24 hours and possibly the next one to two days. Our office recommends applying ice on the cheek where we performed the extraction to reduce swelling. Lastly, we recommend taking pain medication as necessary to reduce pain.
Choosing to get a tooth extraction is a big decision. Our team is here to help you make the best choices for yourself and your smile. Our dentists have special training in performing tooth extractions and will help guide you through the entire process. Call our dental office today for more information about tooth extractions and what to expect or schedule an appointment.
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