If a tooth has minor decay, cavities, or fractures, Dr. Daniel Nickles will try to save it with a filling, crown, or a root canal. When teeth get damaged irreparably, tooth extraction is performed. You may undergo a tooth extraction in the following situations:
- Gum diseases like periodontitis cause abscess pockets, and bone recession. The bone and gums become too weak to hold the tooth, forcing Dr. Daniel Nickles to perform a tooth extraction.
- Teeth may also be extracted to prepare the mouth for orthodontics / braces. Crowded teeth lead to misalignment of your bite. Teeth may be extracted to help align the bite.
- Wisdom teeth need to be extracted when there is no room left in the mouth to accommodate them. These teeth need to be removed as they cause crowding, damage to adjacent teeth, and are more prone to decay.
- Wisdom teeth are oftentimes impacted, then the option is wisdom tooth extraction using oral sedation. As they fail to erupt through the gums and stay embedded. This causes infections and abscess formation. Impacted teeth are surgically removed by Dr. Daniel Nickles.
- In children, sometimes the primary teeth don't fall out in time to make room for the growth of the permanent teeth. Such teeth are removed by Dr. Daniel Nickles.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
When the tooth is visible and has erupted fully through the gums, a non-surgical extraction is performed by Dr. Daniel Nickles.
The process is carried out under local anesthesia with oral sedation and is painless.
A surgical extraction is required when a tooth:
- Remains impacted in the gum.
- Breaks off at the gumline.
- Is too severely decayed to be simply extracted.
The process is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation and is painless.
Tooth Extraction: Aftercare
- Place a bite pack on the surgical site and bite on it. The pressure will help control bleeding.
- Don't consume any hot foods or drinks till the anesthesia wears off. You might end up burning your tongue.
- Eat a light diet consisting of soft foods and fluids to avoid disloding clot.
- Avoid sucking on a straw for few days to prevent displacing of the clot.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for a few days after the extraction. This will preserve the clot and prevent it from dislodging.
- Take proper (prescribed) medication.
- Do not smoke or consume alcohol. They interfere with the healing process and slow it down.
For further inqueries, visit Nickles Dental or book an appointment with us at (864) 244-3211.