Made Safe and Comfortable at Dolan Dental
At Dolan Dental, our team will always do everything in our power to help you preserve your healthy, natural teeth. However, despite our best efforts, extraction can become a necessity when the patient’s oral health and overall wellbeing is threatened. Are you struggling with dental pain? Don’t wait – contact our Wethersfield, CT location today to schedule a first appointment. Dr. Thomas Dolan and Dr. Brendan Dolan are here to help!
Why Would I Need A Tooth Extracted?
- Advanced tooth decay – In advanced stages, we may be unable to treat decay with common restorative solutions like fillings and crowns.
- Periodontal disease – if left untreated for too long, this dangerous infection can result in recessed gum tissue, jawbone deterioration, and permanent tooth loss.
- Traumatic injury – Our doctors will do their best to replant partially or fully dislodged teeth, but it may not be possible in certain circumstances.
- Orthodontic treatment – In some cases, certain teeth may need to be removed so that we can create space for patients to undergo orthodontic improvement.
- Wisdom teeth – If your wisdom teeth are trapped (impacted) beneath the gum line or causing overcrowding, we may recommend removal as a way to improve oral health and decrease the risk of infection.
Patients can rest assured that we will handle their extraction procedure as smoothly and comfortably as possible! Sedation dentistry is available as needed to calm nerves and create a more relaxed atmosphere. If the teeth we remove require replacement to restore your quality of life, we will start working with you right away to devise the ideal reconstructive plan so that any time spent without your complete smile is as brief as possible.
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What Happens After Tooth Extraction?
We strongly recommend that patients schedule some free time to rest following their extraction procedure. You will need a trusted escort to drive you home, and you can expect some oral bleeding that can be treated with the consistent application of gauze to the treatment site. If your mouth is continuing to bleed after a full day, please contact us right away!
When you arrive home, lay down with your head settled on a pillow at an angle. Pain medication and ice packs can help treat any discomfort. During the first few days, stick to soft, easy to eat foods that require little to no chewing, such as the following:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
Also, take care to not use a straw when drinking beverages, as the sustained sucking may loosen your sutures and prolong necessary clotting. If you regularly smoke, try to abstain during the healing period as well.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Are you curious about tooth extractions in Wethersfield? You’re in the right place! For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and caring front desk team at Dolan Dental. Until then, we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions below. Read on to satisfy your curiosity.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Whether it’s preventive care or cosmetic dentistry to upgrade your smile, you may be worried that tooth extractions hurt. Thankfully, we will always ensure that our patients are numb and comfortable before providing extractions. It’s normal to experience some slight soreness or discomfort after the procedure. However, by following our aftercare instructions, you can minimize pain and reduce swelling while promoting a smooth recovery. If your pain worsens or you notice signs of infection, please contact us as soon as possible.
Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?
Even though tooth replacements today are better than ever, we will always try to save your natural tooth as a primary solution. Some issues like decay or infection can be fixed with treatments like fillings, antibiotics, root canal therapy or gum disease therapy. We will always recommend conservative options if they’re available. However, if your tooth is extensively damaged, decayed, or infected, we will need to perform an extraction to prevent pain and keep the rest of the mouth healthy. If we recommend an extraction, it will always be the best way to get you back to smiling with health and beauty.
What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?
You have a few options for tooth replacement, depending on the number of teeth extracted and where they are located in your mouth. The first option is a dental bridge, which literally “bridges” the gap in your smile. It can be used to replace one to three missing teeth and it seamlessly blends in with the smile. Another option is dentures, which can be customized to fill in random missing teeth like pieces to a puzzle. Lastly, dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth. They are considered superior because they can last for over three decades and they have the ability to keep the jawbone healthy and strong. You’ll know the best option for you after discussing these services with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Brendan Dolan.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If you get a tooth pulled, it can be tempting to leave the space, especially if it’s not in a visible part of your mouth. However, avoiding a replacement is problematic because your teeth do so much more for your smile than help its appearance. They hold the rest of your teeth in place, help you chew food, and stimulate your jawbone. Without replacing even just one tooth, your grin can become misaligned, and your jawbone may begin to deteriorate. Plus, plaque and bacteria are attracted to spaces in the smile, increasing your risk of cavities and infection.