An Overview of Simple Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions Jackson MI dentists

While it may sound daunting, tooth extraction is a common procedure performed by our Jackson, MI, dentists to alleviate various oral health issues. From teeth causing discomfort to severe decay and infection, there are several scenarios in which the removal of a tooth becomes not just an option, but a necessary step towards maintaining a healthy smile.

Here’s what you can expect when it comes to having a tooth pulled.

Determining the Right Moment for Tooth Extraction

Typically, if you have a broken tooth or one that is damaged by decay, our dentists can make the repair with a tooth-colored filling, dental crown, or other similar treatment. When damage is too severe, however, those fixes are no longer an option and we may recommend extraction.

Moving forward with extraction may make the most sense if:

Each patient is different. Before we press on with treatment, our dentists will fully assess your condition and determine if the tooth extraction procedure is indeed the correct path to pursue.

How the Procedure Will Go

Prior to the tooth removal, our dentists will take a few X-rays of the tooth in question to observe its shape, length, and position. Information gathered from the X-rays will help our dentists determine if you need to be referred to an oral surgeon.

The tooth extraction process will begin with the application of a local anesthetic to properly numb the area around your tooth. Once the area is numb, our dentists will employ the use of a tool called an elevator which helps loosen the tooth. Dental forceps will then be used to remove the tooth.

After removal, our dentists may need to close the area with a few stitches. We can discuss this stage with you beforehand so you understand how the stitches need to be cared for and when they’ll come out.

Aftercare Preview: What You’ll Need to Do

Practicing good oral hygiene after a tooth extraction is essential. You will need to keep the area clean to prevent any possible infection. Our dentists will provide you with dry gauze following the procedure that you will be expected to bite down on for 30-45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting occurs.

It is also recommended that you avoid smoking, rinse your mouth thoroughly, and adequately brush the teeth next to the extraction site. There may be some discomfort after the procedure but over-the-counter pain medication or an ice pack should help relieve pain and swelling.

Still have questions? Call our Jackson, MI, dental office and we’ll help you get the answers you need for a speedy recovery after tooth removal.

Doing What’s Right For Your Smile

Tooth extraction is not a decision made lightly by our dentists in Jackson, MI. It’s a solution aimed at enhancing your overall well-being and safeguarding your smile for the long term. If you’re interested in knowing more about it ahead of your own procedure, we’d be happy to give you some quick information. Call The Dental Experience today at (517) 787-5367 or request an appointment online.