Good oral hygiene is crucial. At Complete Comfort Dental, we believe that the loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although Dr. Salud will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
Dr. Salud may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment. X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, Dr. Salud may need to refer you to an oral surgeon.
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 over the next week or so.
If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call Complete Comfort Dental immediately.