Dentist in Selden Explains What to Do When Needing an Extraction

July 23, 2018

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: — dr_lavino @ 2:53 am

extracted tooth in forcepsDo you have a severely decayed, damaged, or infected tooth? If so, your dentist in Seldon will do everything they can to try to save it from an extraction. Unfortunately, there may come a point when there are no other viable treatment options. To stop your discomfort and to restore your oral health, it may be in your best interest to have the tooth removed. If it has been recommended that you have it pulled, your dentist will help you through the difficult time.

Preparing for Your Extraction

Although several advancements have been made to preserve natural teeth, there are times when a tooth may need to be removed, such as due to an impaction, severe break, significant decay, or an infection. Either one of these problems can cause you pain and discomfort.

While you wait for your appointment, it is best to maintain your home oral hygiene habits and rinse your mouth with salt water to keep the tooth clean. It is also best to avoid chewing on the tooth or placing pressure on it. If pain develops, use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage your discomfort.

You will require a consultation with your dentist to ensure that there are no other treatment options available and to create a plan to safely and effectively remove your tooth.

Options for Tooth Extractions

During your consultation for an extraction, your dentist will perform a visual examination and take diagnostic images to view your entire tooth—even areas below the gum line. Based on their findings, you will be scheduled for a simple or surgical extraction.

Simple Extraction

When your tooth is visible above the gum line, such as one that has decay or an infection, you will need a simple extraction. You will be given a local anesthetic and sedation may be used to make the treatment more comfortable. Your tooth will be loosed using a special dental tool, and then it will be removed with forceps.

Surgical Extraction

If your tooth cannot fully be seen above the gum line, such as due to an impaction or a complete break, you will need a surgical extraction. Sedation and anesthesia will be used to provide a pain-free process. Your gum tissue will be opened to expose the tooth. In some cases, some bone may need to be removed. Your dentist will then break it into smaller pieces to allow it to be taken out easier. Your gum tissue will then be closed with sutures.

Don’t Fear Your Extraction

If you need to have a tooth removed, you have nothing to fear. Your dentist will safely and effectively remove your tooth to stop your pain.

About Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino

Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years. In addition to general dentistry, he also offers tooth extractions in Selden. If you need to have a tooth removed, he provides the solutions you need. Stop your pain and restore your oral health today by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Scotto-Lavino.

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