Understanding Single Tooth Extraction
Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart provide comfortable single tooth extraction at his Jackson, MS, practice for patients suffering from dental issues such as trauma, decay, or infection. Some patients worry that extraction is painful, but Dr. Parkes, Dr. Stewart and their team take measures to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure, from start to finish. Contact us today to find out how we can help eliminate your tooth pain and improve your oral health through tooth extraction.
How Tooth Extraction Can Help
Extraction is performed for extensive tooth damage caused by trauma, decay, infection, overcrowding, or periodontal disease. Typically, tooth extraction is recommended only when placing other dental restorations, such as fillings or crowns, is not possible.
Periodontitis is a common reason for tooth extraction. This disease develops when food debris trapped in the teeth attracts normally harmless bacteria. As the bacteria break down food, an acidic by-product can irritate the gums. When left untreated, the bacteria, debris, and acid form plaque on the teeth, further inflaming the gums until they pull away from the teeth. Once bacteria access the tissue beneath the gum line, they can endanger the teeth’s supporting structures, including connective tissue, tooth roots, and bone. If the disease progresses, it can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
A Typical Extraction Surgery
Prior to your tooth extraction procedure, One of our doctors will take an x-ray of your mouth so that he can thoroughly analyze your teeth and the surrounding structures, such as nerves or sinus tissues. This analysis allows him to plan the best method of tooth removal. An x-ray may also reveal infections, tumors, or bone disease that could affect the procedure.
Before your surgery begins, you will receive sedation to minimize discomfort. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, and your personal comfort level, local or general anesthesia could be administered.
Dr. Parkes, Dr. Stewart, and their team want to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe throughout your dental procedure.
Your tooth extraction method depends on whether the tooth is above or below the gum line. If it is above the gum line, then extraction is relatively simple. Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will gently loosen the tooth, then remove the tooth with forceps. If the tooth is broken at the gum line or has not completely erupted, an incision is made above or around the tooth. Bone or soft tissue blocking the tooth must also be removed before it can be extracted. In some cases, the tooth must be split into sections, rather than removed as a whole piece.
If you are replacing the tooth, our doctors can surgically augment bone and soft tissue or place a dental implant immediately after your extraction. If the tooth is not replaced, the socket is sutured closed with self-dissolving stitches. We will place gauze over the treatment site to help form a blood clot. Depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, you may need to arrange for a ride home.
If your tooth extraction is simple, you can expect only minor discomfort in the following days. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, are usually enough to manage pain. If your surgery is more extensive, you may experience more pain. Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart may prescribe a stronger prescription for the first few days, after which milder anti-inflammatories should be sufficient.
During your recovery period, you should keep your mouth clean and apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling. You should avoid contact with the empty socket, to prevent the blood clot from dislodging. If you notice excessive bleeding, or if swelling does not diminish after several days, you should contact us immediately.
Contact Us Today
Dr. Parkes, Dr. Stewart and their team want to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe throughout your dental procedure. To learn more about single tooth extraction and how it can benefit your oral health, schedule your appointment today.