Modern dentistry aims to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. However, extensively damaged or badly decayed teeth may need to be removed (extracted) to prevent the spread of infection.
Other situations that can require tooth removal include:
- Risk of infection due to other health issues, such as a compromised immune system
- Impacted teeth
- Crowded mouth
- Orthodontic necessities
- Financial considerations in which a reduced price is necessary
A tooth may be removed while under local anaesthetic. Sedation or general anaesthesia may also be offered depending on the difficulty of the procedure. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics for you, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the risk of infection.
Complications and Recovery
- Swelling and bruising
- Dry socket
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Sinus exposure
- Broken jaw
- Inability to fully open mouth
- Jaw stiffness
- Damage to nerves
- Bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of your jaw
On a positive note, these complications can be avoided. Your dentist at Thornton Dental will give you precise and detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth following the procedure to promote the safest and fastest recovery possible. These instructions must be followed diligently.
Recovering from the treatment is easy and simple. Even in severe cases, you should not worry about recovering from an extraction procedure. Most patients recover from the pain in just one to two days. After a week, they can stop taking special concerns with the extraction site and go back to their normal routine.
If you encounter any problem, your Thornton dentist is always ready to re-examine you and take necessary steps to ensure that any anomalies are resolved quickly and safely. At Thornton Dental, your health is our topmost priority.
Safe and Reliable Extraction Procedures at Thornton Dental
Generally, tooth extraction is a very safe procedure with no complications. On the other hand, as with any medical procedure, complications can arise under some circumstances; thus, it is very important to inform your dentist about your medications, health issues, and anxieties, before the treatment starts.
At Thornton Dental, we are comprised of highly skilled dental professionals who have extensive knowledge on extractions and other complex dental procedures.