The goal of dentistry is to promote good oral health and comfort so that you can lead a healthier life and eat the foods you love. We recommend dental extractions only as a last resort to protect your health, eliminate symptoms, or reduce pain – and it is never a recommendation that we take lightly.
When a tooth has been infected or damaged beyond the ability for it to be restored or fixed, it has to be extracted or “pulled.”
Dr. Foster has extensive training and experience in extracting teeth, even impacted wisdom teeth. Those most teeth are removed easily and quickly with just a local anesthetic, we offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) or oral sedatives for those who prefer more comfort for their surgery.
Before your surgery, Dr. Foster will go over treatment options to replace any teeth that need to be removed. With proper preparation, patients can many times have their teeth removed and alternatives replaced the same day.
Conditions That May Require a Tooth Extraction
If you have injuries involving your head and neck, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment. We can address your dental concerns once any life-threatening injuries have been ruled out.
Common conditions requiring a dental extraction:
- Wisdom teeth
- Non-restorable fractures
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Unsuccessful root canal therapy
- A tooth broken at the gumline
- Trauma due to an accident
In many cases, we can plan for tooth replacement treatment prior to beginning your extraction so that we have a plan in place to restore your smile. In cases of overcrowding or wisdom tooth extractions, we will not need to replace missing teeth.
Personalized Dental Treatment Options
We understand that many of our patients have concerns about dental extractions. Will it hurt? What will happen to my oral health? How will it affect the appearance of my smile?
We'll take the time to make sure that these concerns are addressed and your questions are answered.
Caring for the Surgical Site Afterward
Caring for your surgical site is important:
- Gently clean the area.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw.
- Avoid chewing on the area during the healing process.
- Follow aftercare instructions provided by your dentist.
Contact Dr. Foster to schedule an evaluation to get important answers regarding your oral health and smile. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental practice.