Pulling a tooth may seem like the worst possible outcome, but it’s not so bad. There are legitimate reasons a tooth needs to be extracted, and Prime Dental in the Garland are can make the process fast and the recovery a breeze.
If a tooth is badly damaged, either from trauma or poor dental hygiene, it is often recommended to pull it. Dentists can only repair teeth up to a certain point, but if it stays in the mouth it could spread bacteria and possibly infections to other teeth and gums.
Crowding of the teeth is another common reason teeth are pulled. If there is no room in the mouth for growing teeth, or if they cannot break through gum tissue, they may have to be extracted so the mouth can properly accommodate them.
Infected teeth are also removed quite often, as bacteria can enter the root of teeth and cause infections that can only be stopped by a root canal, or removal of the tooth.
First, patients will be given an X-ray to determine the structure of teeth and their roots as well as the condition of surrounding bone. A medical history is taken along with drug history, including any medications you are currently taking will not interfere with anesthesia.
You may be given local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Nitrous oxide is also often used, or a pill may be given to you. If multiple teeth need to be removed, IV sedation may be required.
Once you are comfortable, Prime Dental dentists carefully work to remove the teeth while preserving bone and tissue around them. You won’t even notice how much time has passed before the procedure is done.
A sterile gauze will be kept on the socket for about 20 minutes or stitches will be used to maintain control of bleeding. Anti-inflammatory drugs, ice packs, and steroids can help manage swelling, pain, and discomfort that often occurs after a tooth extraction. You may also be given antibiotics to keep infections from developing. Try to eat soft foods with minimal chewing until you are comfortable.