Extractions in Middletown, CT
Dentists will attempt to save a natural tooth as much as possible. However, when a tooth can not be saved with restorative materials available, it may need to be extracted.
After imaging has helped evaluate the tooth, the area will be numbed with local anesthesia before removing your tooth. The tooth is then loosened using a special dental instrument known as an elevator. After it is loosened from the socket, it is gently removed by using forceps, another dental instrument commonly used in dental extractions. The tooth may come out in one piece or it may break into multiple pieces. Regardless of how it is removed, it does not impact the outcome. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.
Why Extraction May Be Necessary
Sometimes a tooth cannot be saved with restorative dentistry - and that includes patients who find themselves in the following situations:
- Seeking the best option for treating periodontal disease
- A tooth with extensive decay that is unable to be repaired
- Needing relief from an impacted tooth
- Giving more room to a mouth that is too overcrowded
- The lack of options to treat a tooth or teeth after suffering dental trauma as the result of an accident or injury
Benefits of a Tooth Extraction
You may not consider losing a tooth to come with benefits, but there are times when an extraction is the best option for treating oral health issues. Below are a few examples:
- Getting rid of a source of pain
- Eliminating overcrowding issues
- Ridding yourself of the pain itself
- Protecting the rest of your teeth from the spread of infection and decay
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions
Are tooth extractions painful?
So that you don’t have any pain or discomfort during the extraction, your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia. You should expect to feel pressure during the procedure - though no pain. And this is normal. Following the procedure, as the numbness wears off, you may experience some discomfort. This can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Generally, you will want to wait for 2 to 3 days after extraction before returning to your normal physical routine. Taking it easy allows time for the treatment area to clot and begin healing. Full recovery of the soft tissue takes about a month.
Are there any side effects of tooth extractions?
There are a few things you may experience after your tooth extraction as you begin to heal. This includes bleeding, swelling, a moderate amount of discomfort, etc. These should get better as time passes. Be sure to follow all the aftercare instructions you were provided. And, if things start to get worse, rather than better - contact our office immediately.
What should you not do after an extraction?
After your tooth has been removed, consider avoiding the following in order to give it the best chance to heal:
- Touching the extraction site with your tongue
- Sucking through a straw
- Eating hard, crunchy foods
- Drinking alcohol
- Using alcohol mouthwash
- Sucking on the extraction site
Does dental insurance cover tooth extractions?
Generally, yes - dental insurance often covers all or a portion of the cost of tooth extractions. Be sure to contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage. Or, our knowledgeable staff will be more than welcome to determine what your insurance will cover and if or what you will be responsible for.