What is a Tooth Extraction?
Though dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen makes every effort to rescue and preserve your natural teeth, there are some cases in which a tooth or multiple teeth may have to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. This is typically used for a tooth that is damaged or decayed and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted over the gumline. Surgical extractions are most frequently done to remove impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, that do not have sufficient room to fit into your smile. Regardless of the reason for needing an extraction, at Dr. Kathy Jacobsen Contemporary Dentistry, our staff will treat you with the best care. Our office in Gilbert, AZ offers multiple sedation techniques, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which allows patients to stay comfortable and calm during their procedure. Contact our staff to learn more or to schedule an exam with Dr. Jacobsen to improve your oral health.
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Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Jacobsen will make every attempt to fix it with a bonding, crown, or filling. However, a tooth might be too far into decay and will need to be extracted to prevent the decay from spreading — and also to save the health of the remaining teeth. You could also need a dental extraction to remove teeth that can't fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that grow around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that haven't fallen out naturally might have to get extracted so they don't obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting braces or considering Invisalign, then you may require an extraction to make space for other teeth as they move into their proper place.
How Is a Tooth Extraction Performed?
Dental extractions are done in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth being removed. Other forms of sedation could be used based on the degree of the procedure and also to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. Once you're ready, Dr. Jacobsen will begin the procedure. For a simple extraction, Dr. Jacobsen will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be broken into smaller pieces so that it can be removed. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Jacobsen will stitch the incision in your gums. Dr. Jacobsen may prescribe antibiotics that should be taken prior to and following the operation — in case you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the procedure is lengthy, or if you have other special health problems.
What Can I Expect After a Tooth Extraction?
Based on the sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have an adult take you home. As your mouth heals, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery process will depend on the method of your extraction; however, many patients want to eat soft, cool food for at least a couple of days following the extraction. Dr. Jacobsen will talk to you about what is normal as you recover and the best ways to look after your mouth. Your mouth will be inflamed after the procedure so Dr. Jacobsen suggests cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, Dr. Jacobsen can write you a prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics. Along with some suggested follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Dr. Kathy Jacobsen Contemporary Dentistry for dental exams and cleanings so we can track your health following an extraction.
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Simple and Surgical Extractions
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or your mouth doesn't have space for a new tooth, a dental extraction at Dr. Kathy Jacobsen Contemporary Dentistry will help to improve your smile and oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacobsen at her practice in Gilbert, AZ to find out more about simple and surgical extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, ask about sedation methods to help you stay calm and relaxed throughout your procedure.