Tooth Extractions

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tooth-extractionsAt Maplewood Dental Associates, our mission is to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible through comprehensive dental treatment. Our doctors are proud to serve patients of all ages with quality dental care, and we work with our patients individually to customize treatment to fit their unique lifestyles. We strive to prioritize preventive care, but in some rare cases, we may decide that tooth extraction is the best option for a healthy smile. 

About Tooth Extraction

Generally speaking, our goal at Maplewood Dental Associates is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. In some cases, however, it's actually best to extract one or more teeth in order to preserve the health of the smile overall. There are a number of potential reasons for this – but not matter what the reason, rest assured that tooth extraction is a simple and routine procedure. 

While a minor surgical procedure, tooth extraction is usually fairly simple and rarely takes very long. While the complexity of the procedure varies depending on the location and condition of the extracted tooth, the doctors at Maplewood Dental Associates are experienced in extraction and can remove virtually any tooth without difficulty. 

Reasons for Extracting a Tooth

There are a number of reasons we may choose to extract a tooth, and while we generally try to avoid it, in some cases it's the best option. No matter what your situation, we'll always take the time to talk with you, answer any questions you have, and discuss the pros and cons of extraction so we can make the best decision for your treatment. 

  • Cracked tooth.Trauma or Disease: We'll always try to save a tooth that's suffered trauma or disease through treatments like crowns and root canals, but in some cases, the damage is just too significant. In these cases, we may opt to extract a severely damaged or diseased tooth.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: In some cases, we may extract teeth because there are simply too many of them for the size of the dental arches (the jaws). After extracting one tooth and opening up space in the dental arch, we'll use orthodontic treatment to realign the remaining teeth and create a beautiful, healthy smile.
  • Impacted wisdom tooth.Impacted Wisdom Teeth: This is probably the most common reason for tooth extraction, as most people don't have room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth. Generally, we'll opt to remove wisdom teeth early on, before the roots and blood vessels are fully formed.
  • Baby Teeth: We try to save baby teeth whenever possible, but if the tooth is out of alignment and may prevent the tooth underneath it from growing correctly, we may opt to remove the baby tooth.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

The first step to any diagnosis is an x-ray, which will give us a clearer picture of the tooth alignment and the roots below the gums. We'll also comb through medical history to get a sense of your general health and well-being, and we'll talk with you about your options for anesthesia. 

Usually, we'll extract a tooth under only local anesthesia, which numbs the tooth and the surrounding areas. We may also use additional sedatives like oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, or IV conscious sedation. We'll generally use more powerful sedation only on procedures that require more complexity. In any case, the sedative will keep you completely comfortable during the procedure, and once the medication wears off, you won't even remember that the surgery happened. 

What to Expect After Having a Tooth Extracted

After the procedure, we'll cover the socket with a piece of sterile gauze and apply pressure to help control bleeding. Depending on your case, we may also apply small sutures (stitches) to keep the wound from reopening. Many patients experience some minor swelling and discomfort after the procedure, and we'll provide anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin after you leave our office. 

After extracting the tooth, we'll likely need to do another procedure to repair your smile entirely. This may take the form of Invisalign, a dental bridge, or a dental implant. Your doctor will work with you to choose the option that makes the most sense for you. 

We'd recommend eating soft food for the days after the surgery, then progressively moving to harder foods. It's also helpful to place ice bags or bags of frozen peas on the area to help bring down any swelling.

Contact Your Maplewood, MN Dentist

While we try to avoid tooth extraction whenever possible, sometimes it's the best option for a healthy smile. If you have any questions on the tooth extraction process, we'd be more than happy to hear from you – just reach out to us at our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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