Sometimes, when a patient is faced with a dental emergency, our team will repair the tooth with a filling, crown, or even cosmetic dental bonding. But what if the damage is so severe, or an infection so advanced, that removing the tooth is necessary to protect the smile? In today’s blog, your Redmond, OR, dentist looks at dental extractions.
Addressing Damaged Teeth
Should you damage a tooth, rinse with warm water, use a washcloth or gauze to stem bleeding, and control facial swelling with a cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face. Try to recover any pieces of your tooth and bring them with you to the office. If a tooth is cracked or broken, we will examine it carefully. If the tooth is decayed or infected, we will use a root canal to remove the tissue from within and then fill it with a restorative material. A custom-made dental crown, created from strong materials that can be shaded to blend with the smile, then caps the tooth to complete the repair. However, if the damage is too severe, or the infection too advanced, removing the tooth is often necessary to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth. We administer a local anesthetic, and may also suggest dental sedation. We then use forceps to gently remove the teeth for the smile. We finally suture the extraction site closed.
Wisdom Tooth Impaction
Wisdom teeth arrive in our late teens or early 20s and unless removed, could erupt and cause painful partial eruption, known as impaction, as well as misalignment, infection, and damaged teeth. To avoid these complications and protect your smile, we could use a tooth extraction to remove them before they arrive. After administering anesthetic and sedation, we open the gums above the teeth to access and remove them carefully. Then, we suture the site closed.
Recovery and Aftercare Instructions
A friend or family member can bring you home, and we will provide instructions for taking medications and preventing complications in the first day or two. During a follow-up visit, we will remove the sutures and make sure everything is healing properly. When you visit, we will make sure you don’t share the waiting room with anyone, and that commonly touched surfaces are cleaned and disinfected in between each visit. If you have any questions about identifying and treating these concerns, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Extraction?
We’re here to ensure you continue to enjoy a healthy and functional smile, even if you face a serious dental emergency. To learn more about removing teeth in dental emergency scenarios, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.