Patient comfort is the main objective at Tulsa Dental Center. If you are in need of a dental extraction, we can help. Our team will provide you with a range of options when it comes to replacing the extracted tooth.
A fairly quick process, dental extractions are performed here at our clinic, with the use of a local anesthetic. Whether your extraction is simple and straightforward or involves something more complex (a broken or impacted tooth, for example), our team can handle it.
We have the experience necessary to take care of a wide range of severities when it comes to tooth extractions.
Reasons for pulling a tooth
Many people are familiar with the extraction of wisdom teeth, but there are situations that require a dental extraction of other teeth, as well. Overcrowding, infections, or severe tooth decay are all reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. If a patient is getting braces, an extraction may be necessary in order to make room for their other teeth to move into place.
Anyone requiring an organ transplant or undergoing chemotherapy may need to have compromised teeth extracted for health and safety reasons.
What to expect from a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction may be simple and straightforward or may require a surgical approach. This depends on the condition of the affected tooth.
In a simple tooth extraction, you’ll receive a local anesthetic at the clinic. This numbs the area surrounding the affected tooth. You shouldn’t feel any pain during the extraction procedure. Instead, you’ll feel a bit of pressure being applied. Your dentist will use a tool called an ‘elevator’ to loosen the tooth, then forceps will be used to remove it.
Surgical extractions typically involve both a local anesthetic and intravenous anesthesia. The local anesthetic will numb the area, the intravenous anesthesia will help you feel relaxed and at ease. Certain cases may also require a general anesthetic, in which the patient will be unconscious throughout the procedure. These cases may require your dentist or oral surgeon to make a tiny incision in your gums, and the tooth may need to be cut prior to the extraction.
Preparing for a tooth extraction
Before your dental extraction, you will need to receive an x-ray of the affected tooth. Your dentist will also need to be aware of any supplements or medications you are taking, along with any medical conditions you may have. Most medical conditions won’t prevent you from having a dental extraction, but your dentist will want to make sure any conditions you may have are treated and stable before your extraction.
Most extractions only require a few days of recovery time, and there are many things you can do to support this recovery process.
Following your extraction, an ice pack should be applied to your cheek to help reduce swelling. Your dental team will let you know which pain relievers to take and how frequently, and we encourage you to follow this advice to safely stay ahead of any pain.
For at least 24 hours following the extraction, you should relax. If you smoke, you should abstain for at least 24 hours.
It’s also important to eat soft foods only for a few days following your procedure. Brush your teeth as normal, but avoid brushing the site of the extraction, as it will likely be swollen and fairly tender.
If you need a dental extraction, make an appointment to see your dentist. Once your concerns have been addressed and examined in person, you will receive specific guidance on the best options for your particular situation.
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