If you need to have a tooth extracted, our dentist, Dr. Carole Gleich DDS can help. When a tooth is extracted, this means it will be taken from its socket in the bone. While you may feel pressure during an extraction, you should not feel pain.
Normally, if a tooth is broken or has been damaged due to tooth decay, it may be fixed with a crown, filling, or other restoration. But if the damage is too extensive, it will need to be extracted. If a tooth has been severely loosened due to periodontal disease or oral injury, it will need to be extracted if it cannot be saved by a root canal or other means.
For a simple extraction, our dentist first loosens the affected tooth with a dental tool called an elevator. Next, the tooth will be removed by a forceps instrument. Many of these types of extraction are done using a local anesthetic.
For a surgical extraction, such as impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist makes a small cut into the gums to access the tooth. In some cases, this requires removing parts of the bone around the affected tooth or removing the tooth in pieces. This type of extraction generally requires a local anesthetic, or anesthesia.
After your extraction, you may use ice packs for any swelling and stick with soft foods for a few days. You can also rinse the mouth gently with warm salt water to keep the area clean. Follow all instructions given by your dentist.
If you have a tooth that needs extracting, please give us a call at 913-553-3046 for an evaluation and timely treatment. At Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, we are here to help you with all of your oral care needs!