We will always do our best to make sure you keep your natural teeth. However, when it’s in your own best interest, we may recommend having one or more teeth extracted.
At our office, having a tooth removed will be painless, quick, and always done with your best interests and personal needs in mind.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extracted?
If you need a tooth pulled, the cause will generally fall into one of these categories:
- Decay or infection. A root canal or filling is almost always the best option to stop decay or infection, but if an infection is particularly severe, an extraction can be the best way to eliminate pain and reduce the risk of the infection spreading.
- Crowding. If there are too many teeth in a space that isn’t big enough to hold them, you may experience crowding. It can be very uncomfortable while you chew because the enamel is being damaged. Crowding can also alter your bite and affect your jaw. Removing a tooth can give your other teeth room to shift into their natural positions.
If you need an extraction, we will discuss the benefits to your health, so you can feel comfortable with the idea of having a tooth pulled.
What Is the Process of Having a Tooth Extracted?
First, you’ll meet with your dentist. We will always discuss the situation with you personally, in order to answer any questions and to explain why an extraction is needed.
The process itself will be completely painless, and we will make the extraction as smooth and fast as possible. In no time, you’ll be on the road to a healthier smile!
The recovery period for an extracted tooth is generally short. We will make sure you have gauze to counter any bleeding and understand how to care for the area as it heals. During your recovery time, you should eat soft, smooth foods like yogurt. We also recommend that you do not use a straw in order to avoid pulling the clot out your tooth socket.
As always, we will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have! Contact River Dental today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about tooth extraction!