Specialists for Tooth Extraction in Phoenix, AZ
As dentists we are trained to save teeth whenever possible. Pulling teeth is never our first choice. Unfortunately, there are instances when a tooth cannot be saved and so tooth extraction is the best option.
In general, we want to look at as many options as possible if a tooth can be saved. Smile Dental Clinics is experienced with using fillings and sealants, or if there’s nerve damage, we can do a root canal. But when decay extends deep under the gum, the tooth is cracked, severe periodontal disease is present, or a tooth infection cannot be resolved, a tooth extraction is recommended as the best option.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Contrary to popular belief, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. We take digital x-rays to check on the health before even considering wisdom teeth extraction. In fact, some people keep their wisdom teeth their entire lives without any issues. They even use their wisdom teeth to help them chew food. But when there are cavities present, infection, or gum inflammation it may be best to choose to have your wisdom teeth removed.
A tooth extraction will put an end to your pain. Getting a tooth pulled is typically a painless procedure. You’re completely numb, so there’s no pain during the procedure, only some pressure is felt. Also contrary to popular belief, dentists do not actually “pull teeth.” The tooth is gently nudged with pressure, the ligaments holding the tooth in place give up and the tooth comes out automatically. Most people have minimal discomfort following the procedure. Every person is unique, therefore everyone responds differently to a tooth extraction. Since the bone supporting upper molars is soft, there’s generally minimal discomfort associated with an upper molar removal. The bone supporting lower wisdom teeth and molars is very dense and it is common for people to experience some pain and discomfort for a day or two following lower wisdom teeth removal. Pain medications will be provided to alleviate some of the discomfort when you have a tooth pulled.
After A Tooth Is Removed
The gums will heal in just a few weeks to cover the extraction socket. There may be an unusual sensation in the beginning, but that sensation goes away in just a few days. We recommend keeping to a soft diet after having a tooth pulled and to slowly work your way back to normal food.
Most importantly for the first 24 hours do not spit, smoke, or use a straw while drinking. For the first 24-48 hours the blood clot forming is extremely fragile. Putting pressure on the clot by forcefully spitting, using a straw to drink, or smoking can displace a blood clot. This is called ‘dry socket’ and it is extremely painful. If you’re having pain 3 days or more following a tooth extraction please see a dentist. A dry socket is easily treated by placing a medicated dressing over the tooth extraction socket to improve the healing and reduce pain and discomfort.