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If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, and it cannot be repaired with a crown or a filling first, your dentist may decide that the best solution is for the tooth to be removed altogether. This is always the last resort, but sometimes it can be the best one. If your tooth cannot be repaired, keeping it is only going to cause more harm than good, which is why an extraction may be recommended instead.
With that being said, continue reading to find out more about tooth extraction, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
There are a number of different reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed. Examples include the following:
If you are scheduled in for a tooth extraction, you may be wondering what you need to do to prepare for this! There is no need to worry. Here at Periodontal Associates of Memphis, your periodontist is going to fully explain the procedure to you so you know what to expect and how to prepare. They will ask you about your dental and medical history. It is important for your periodontist to find out whether there are any recent surgeries, allergies, or medical conditions that may impact the surgery, as well as any medicines that you may be taking.
You may be wondering what to expect when you have your tooth extracted. Once you are comfortable in the dental chair, one of our periodontists will use a local anesthetic to number the area. This will be injected into the area around your teeth or tooth. It will take a few minutes for the local anesthetic to kick in, and so the periodontist will probably ask you a few questions so that they can find out if the local anesthetic has taken effect.
Once the local anesthetic starts to work, your periodontist will aim to widen the tooth socket. The tooth socket is essentially the hole in your gum whereby the roots of your tooth are. We will then widen the tooth socket and then loosen the tooth gently before it is removed. Sometimes, we may need to stitch the empty socket once the tooth is removed so that it can heal effectively.
It is possible that your gum may bleed for a little bit after the tooth has been removed. We will apply a piece of soft padding as a result. This will be placed over the area and you will be asked to bite down so that you can stop the bleeding. Once you get home, you will be able to replace this and put down a fresh piece of soft padding that has been provided.
Before you go home, we will provide you with advice on how to care for your gums and teeth. For instance, they may recommend antibacterial mouthwash and painkillers. They may also give you some antibiotics to ensure that the chance of an infection developing is reduced as much as possible.
If you have any questions about the Periodontal Associates of Memphis, or you would like to schedule a tooth extraction, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
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