When Tooth Extraction is Necessary
Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth extraction is necessary. A tooth may need to be removed if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
The dentist may suggest a tooth extraction after careful examination and treatment. X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before removing the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, a dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
After Your Tooth is Removed
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with painkillers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.
If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office at (432) 333-6169 immediately.
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