Although our team will do everything that we can to help you maintain your healthy smile, sometimes a tooth extraction may be recommended as the best option in preserving your overall oral health. Tooth extractions become necessary for many reasons including:
- Severe decay or damage
- Baby teeth that don’t naturally fall out
- Teeth that don’t fully erupt
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment or other dental work
- Wisdom teeth
If we recommend a tooth extraction, it will benefit your smile in ways such as preventing the spread of infection or relieving pain and crowding.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Many times, wisdom teeth cannot grow in properly due to limited space in the mouth. Many people don’t have the room necessary in their jawbone to allow the wisdom teeth to grow in without causing problems. If this is the case, one or more wisdom teeth may need to be removed. Typically, wisdom teeth begin to come in between the ages of 17-21.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
Reasons such as injury or extreme decay may call for the extraction of multiple teeth at the same time. If this becomes necessary, we will provide a recommended treatment plan for replacing your missing teeth. With orthodontic treatment, sometimes more than one tooth may need to be extracted to create room for your remaining teeth.
Extraction Site Preservation
Following some extractions, dental implants may be recommended to replace your missing tooth. However, many times a patient’s jawbone may be weak from the recent extraction and unable to support an implant. Extraction site preservation allows us to use grafting material to fortify the bone and preserve the area that was affected by the extraction.
Depending on your extraction, detailed instructions will be given for post-operative care. Most often, the following is recommended:
- Bite down gently on gauze to reduce bleeding where the tooth was extracted.
- Eat soft foods and chew on the side opposite of your tooth extraction.
- Rest for a minimum of 2 days.
- Take recommended pain medication.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Avoid using a drinking straw for the first full day.
- Brush around the area where the tooth was extracted, avoiding the affected area.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction in Lititz, PA, call us today to set up a consultation! Our team will provide the best possible care to preserve your smile.