A dental extraction is the process of removal of a person's tooth from its socket. Extractions are performed for a number of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration, teeth that are poorly aligned or positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Common reasons for extractions include:
- Severe decay that can't be repaired with a filling or crown
- Severe gum disease that has affected the tooth, causing it to be loose or fall out
- Impacted teeth that can't fully erupt from the gums, causing pain
- Orthodontic treatment, such as braces
- Misaligned teeth or bite
Prior to beginning the procedure, our team will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth so that you will not feel any discomfort. During the procedure, your dentist will first loosen the impacted tooth and then remove it. Once the tooth has been removed, our team will suture your gum tissue and will provide you with aftercare information.
Following the tooth extraction, there are a few guidelines to follow. Most importantly, make sure to:
- Consume only soft foods.
- Avoid using a straw.
- Avoid smoking for the first few days.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day.
- Use a cold compress to minimize swelling.
- Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the tooth was removed, as this could damage the socket.
- Begin brushing and flossing your teeth as normal, but be gentle near the extraction site.
You may have some discomfort and swelling for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist may prescribe some pain medication to help manage any discomfort. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to help fight any infection. It's important to follow the medication regimen to ensure that the infection doesn't spread.
Tooth Replacement Options
If you need to have a tooth extracted, our dentist may recommend a dental implant or bridge. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is placed surgically in your jawbone. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is attached to two crowns on either side of the gap.
A bridge is a more affordable option upfront. However, it may need to be replaced or relined in the future. Though a dental implant is a more expensive option, it is designed to last a lifetime.
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.