We offer tooth extractions for patients with badly damaged or diseased teeth as well as third molar (wisdom teeth) extractions and, in some cases, for orthodontic concerns. Most tooth extractions are performed in the office, we do refer to specialists if necessary.
There are several reasons for having a tooth extracted. A common reason to have teeth pulled is 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 fall out prematurely 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 no room for the teeth to grow. In severe cases, wisdom teeth can become impacted, leading to infection, decay, damage to neighboring teeth, and misaligning 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.
Tooth Extraction Treatment
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 before 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 sometimes use one or two sutures to close the hole 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. Contact your dentist immediately if you experience excessive bleeding, swelling, or shooting pains.
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.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Can I eat after a tooth extraction?
For the first 24 hours after the extraction, avoid eating anything that requires a lot of chewing. Do your best to keep it to liquids only for this first time period. If you eat anything, stick to soft foods like pudding or mashed potatoes. After this period you can slowly work up to firmer foods.
What shouldn’t I do after a tooth extraction?
You should drink water and stay hydrated after your extraction. However, avoid drinking out of a straw for at least the first 24 hours. It can interfere with the clotting process at the extraction site. Avoid smoking and alcohol use as well. These make it harder for the clot to form properly. Don’t poke and prod at the extraction site, either. You don’t want to do anything that disturbs the clot.
How long should I rest after a tooth extraction?
For a simple tooth extraction with no surgical component, rest for about 48 hours. You may want to take the day of the extraction off from work or school so that you can relax. Don’t do anything too strenuous in the first few days after the extraction. For a complex extraction, your dentist will give you resting guidelines.
How do I clean my mouth after an extraction?
Don’t rinse or anything for the first 24-48 hours. You don’t want to disturb the blood clot. After this period, rinse your mouth with warm salt water 3-4 times daily. This keeps the area clean and helps to promote healing. Be sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly after you eat as well.
How long does the tooth clot stay after an extraction?
After about 7-10 days, the clot will be fully formed. If you had to get stitches, we’ll remove them, or the stitches will dissolve on their own.
Should I get my tooth extracted?
At our office, we try to preserve the natural tooth structure as much as possible. But sometimes, extraction is the best route. If a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, it may not be salvageable. There often isn’t enough room in our mouths for our wisdom teeth. Since they usually do more harm than good, we recommend extraction for these too. Call us or schedule an appointment online if you need a tooth extraction.