Dr. Roy L Irons, of Gulf Coast Dental Center, is dedicated to keeping your teeth healthy, attractive, and pain free for life. The goal of most dental procedures is to save teeth. However, under certain circumstances, a tooth needs to be removed.
A standard extraction is necessary when a tooth is damaged so badly that it cannot be restored. This typically occurs as a result of untreated decay or periodontal disease, meaning that most standard extractions are avoidable with good oral hygiene and regular dental care.
Surgical extractions are necessary in complex situations, when the tooth is not easily accessible. The most common reason for surgical extraction is impacted third molars (wisdom teeth). Impacted teeth do not have sufficient room to develop normally, causing them to grow at an unusual angle. They may only erupt partially through the gumline.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems, including pain, swelling, infection, damage to the neighboring teeth, and even damage to the nerve. If a wisdom tooth is causing problems, or an examination reveals that it is likely to, extraction will be recommended. The procedure is gentle and low-risk when performed by a qualified dental professional.
The area is completely numbed, and sedation is available if you wish. The surgery begins with careful incisions in the gingival tissue, to access the tooth. The doctor will gently loosen and remove the tooth. Depending of the circumstances, it may be removed in several pieces. The incision is closed with soluble sutures, so they will dissolve naturally.
Bleeding should stop within 24 hours; if it does not stop, call our office. Rest is advisable following the surgery, but you should not lie flat, as this can increase the bleeding. One or more pillows can be used to elevate your head.
There will be some soreness for a few days. You will be provided with a prescription for pain medication to make recovery more comfortable. If you still experience pain, an ice pack can help. You will need to eat soft foods such as pudding or mashed potatoes for a few days. Also, avoid using a straw or smoking, as the suction can loosen sutures. As always, if you have any problems or concerns, you can call our office.
You don't have to suffer with the pain of problematic wisdom teeth. Call (228) 863-6413
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