Overland Park Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions aren’t pleasant but often necessary. Unhealthy and overcrowded teeth require extraction. Understanding how to care for the empty socket after removal is essential to prevent further damage.
Kurlbaum Dental handles tooth extractions with understanding and care for every patient. Contact us for an evaluation for Overland Park tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth.
Why Tooth Extraction?
Teeth do not always grow in correctly. Many patients have overcrowded teeth, causing misalignments and discomfort. Teeth, such as baby teeth that have not yet fallen out, obstruct the development or placement of permanent teeth.
Tooth extraction is necessary for teeth broken or damaged beyond repair. For instance, dentists highly recommend extraction when teeth become necrotic or dead. Wisdom teeth are the last to fall into place, with extraction necessary due to size and overcrowding issues.
Tooth extraction removes problematic teeth, opens up a better tooth line, and relieves the patient of unsightly misalignment issues and discomfort.
The Extraction Process
There are two methods for handling Overland Park tooth extractions. Both ways require basic anesthesia to numb the area for extraction.
The traditional method for extracting teeth is to use a pair of forceps to grasp the tooth, firmly rocking the tooth back and forth. After several repetitions, the tooth comes loose from the bone socket. This process is simple and requires little time.
Teeth that attach more securely within the bone socket require minor oral surgery for removal. With this method, incisions around the tooth and gum create gum flaps to widen the socket. Complete access via the gum flaps makes it possible to cut the tooth from the tooth jaw bone for extraction.
Some teeth are large enough and so securely attached that it is necessary to divide them into sections and extract them individually. Surgical extraction requires closing with dissolvable sutures.
After tooth extraction, packing with gauze controls the bleeding. During this time, the body naturally develops a blood clot in the area of extraction. This blood clot is necessary to encourage proper healing and should remain for at least 24 hours.
Extraction is necessary for better oral health and minimizes pain, yet the nerves will remain exposed while healing. During this time, it is essential to refrain from eating solid foods, smoking, drinking alcohol, or drinking from a straw. Patients should not brush or floss over the open area but should rinse with salt water and antibacterial mouthwash.
Mild discomfort is manageable with over-the-counter medications. Patients should discuss medication with their dental team before the extraction and follow all care instructions. Failure to follow instructions can cause the blood clot to come out early, leading to dry sockets and an increased likelihood of infection.
Tooth extraction is standard for most patients at some point in their oral care. If cared for correctly, discomfort and pain are minimal. Proper care of the extraction site is necessary before considering tooth replacement options, including dental implants.
Kurlbaum Dental can help you navigate necessary Overland Park tooth extractions, follow-up care, and options for eventual tooth replacement. Contact Kurlbaum Dental, Overland Park, KS, at (913) 642-4070 to schedule an evaluation today.