We offer tooth extractions for patients who have badly damaged or diseased teeth as well as third molar (wisdom teeth) extractions and in some cases, extractions for orthodontic concerns. Most tooth extractions are performed in the office, we do refer to specialists if necessary.
There are a number of reasons for having a tooth extracted. A common reason to have teeth pulled is that of severe decay or damage. Teeth may be damaged by an accident, broken or cracked so badly that the tooth must be removed. One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. For patients with advanced gum disease, the surrounding gum and bone deteriorate and cause the tooth to prematurely fall out or in some cases, be physically extracted.
Teeth might also be removed for orthodontic reasons, to improve alignment or remove extra teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the most common types of tooth extraction we perform is wisdom teeth removal. The third molars (wisdom teeth) are generally extracted before teeth are fully formed, in adolescents and young adults. Wisdom teeth can cause significant pain, particularly when there is not room for the teeth to grow. In severe cases, wisdom teeth can become impacted, leading to infection, decay, damage to neighboring teeth and misalignment to the bite.
Some patients who undergo wisdom teeth removal are given a sedative which will relax the patient and make the surgery easier for the dentist. In some cases stitches are required at the extraction site, these stitches generally disintegrate naturally, but may need to be removed by the dentist.
Patients who undergo wisdom teeth removal should expect a recovery period of about five to seven days for the gum area to heal and three to four weeks for complete recovery.
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Tooth Extraction What to Expect
Tooth extractions are only used when deemed necessary. The extraction process is a routine procedure that can be completed from the comfort of our Marrero, LA dentist office. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their tooth extraction with the use of a local anesthetic. Some patients may choose a sedation option if they experience dental anxiety. Your Barataria dentist will discuss sedation options with you prior to treatment.
Once the patient is relaxed and comfortable, the tooth will be gently removed from the root structure. Your dentist will remove the tooth and in some cases use one or two sutures to close the hole in order to reduce the risk of infection. Our dental care team will provide personalized post-treatment instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Patients typically fully heal within a few days after treatment without complication. If you experience excessive bleeding, swelling or shooting pains, contact your dentist immediately.
Depending on where the extracted tooth is located, patients may choose to have their tooth replaced with a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth and provide patients with long-term oral health benefits.