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Tooth Extractions – Midwest City, OK

Protecting Oral Health when Teeth are Damaged Beyond Repair

A pair of dental forceps holding an extracted toothIn recent years, dentists have been more capable of saving teeth damaged by decay or trauma. This is why more often than not, Dr. Kendrick will go out of his way to salvage a tooth as much as he can. After all, it’s always better to have your natural tooth if you have the option. However, some cases run the risk of affecting the other healthy teeth in your mouth. If this is your case, we may recommend tooth extractions in Midwest City to protect your oral health.

With Dr. Kendrick and his team on your side, you can rest assured your care and comfort will be in good hands. Call our dental office today if you’re experiencing problems with your tooth!

What is a Tooth Extraction?

A dentist examining an X-ray prior to tooth extractionA tooth extraction is a common treatment performed in dental offices around the country. Dentists are fully trained to perform tooth extractions, but in some cases an oral surgeon may be called in for particularly complex cases. With that said, most cases are simple in their nature and only take one visit to complete. However, the more roots a tooth has (i.e. a straight tooth vs. a molar) will affect the complexity of treatment. If you fear tooth extractions, you don’t have to worry. Dr. Kendrick makes sure that all of your needs are being met and that you’re as comfortable as possible prior to treatment.

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

A man with tooth pain prior to tooth extractionThere are many reasons why a tooth extraction may be needed. One of the most common reasons is tooth decay that has extended beyond the enamel and dentin layers and reached the pulp region. If root canal therapy cannot sufficiently clear away the infection while salvaging the tooth in the process, an extraction will be needed. Other common reasons to extract teeth include:

  • Forced trauma - Teeth with cracks that extend past the gum line typically require extraction.
  • Orthodontic treatment – If significant crowding occurs, extraction may be the only option to protect neighboring teeth.
  • Erupting or impacted wisdom teeth – Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth can easily cause crowding or damage to neighboring teeth, bone and gum tissue.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

A woman at her dental appointment for tooth extractionBefore treatment, Dr. Kendrick will administer a local anesthetic to your tooth and surrounding tissue in order to prevent discomfort during treatment.

If the tooth is fully exposed, the process is relatively straightforward. We’ll break the tooth from the periodontal ligament holding it in place, then rock the tooth back and forth using an elevator. In some cases, the tooth may need to be broken into multiple pieces before removal.

If the tooth is impacted, meaning it’s caught underneath another tooth or gum tissue, we’ll create a small incision in your gums and access the tooth that way. Lastly, we’ll stitch the socket closed and place a gauze pad over the socket, giving it a chance to heal. We’ll go over the steps you’ll need to take during your post-operative care before you leave.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Want to know more about tooth extractions in Midwest City? Our expert staff has collected some of the most common questions we hear from patients and answered them below. Remember, every person’s smile is unique, so no two dental extractions are completely the same. To learn more about how you may benefit from removing a damaged or decayed tooth, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kendrick at our conveniently located office.

Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

You can rest assured that at Midwest City Dental Center your comfort is our number one priority. Before Dr. Kendrick begins extraction treatment, he will administer a local anesthetic to your tooth and surrounding tissue to numb the area. You will not feel any pain during the extraction procedure!

Afterward, you may experience some soreness and mild discomfort. Following your aftercare instructions is essential in not only preventing infection but reducing puffiness and promoting healing. If your pain worsens or you begin to exhibit signs of an infection (like a fever), then give us a call right away.

What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?

They best thing you can do to speed up your healing time is go home and rest. Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours and do your best to keep your head elevated. Next, make sure to keep the gauze in place as instructed by Dr. Kendrick. This will help the blood clot form. Do NOT touch the wound with your tongue or hands. In addition, avoid eating acidic foods that can cause irritation. It’s important to stay hydrated after a dental extraction, but do not use a straw and do not spit, as doing so could dislodge the blood clot. Finally, you can manage any swelling by placing an icepack against the outside of your cheek and taking pain medication as recommended by Dr. Kendrick.   

How Long After a Tooth Extraction Can I Get Dentures?

While every case is different, extraction patients typically must wait around six to eight weeks before getting dentures. Once you’ve healed completely, Dr. Kendrick will take impressions of your mouth, which will be sent to a dental lab. There, lab artisans will use the impressions to meticulously craft your custom dentures. Once they’ve been created, Dr. Kendrick will have you try them on, make any final adjustments (if needed), and teach you how to care for your dentures so you can keep your new and improved smile in pristine condition at home.

Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?

In general, dentists in Midwest City strongly recommend that patients abstain from smoking for at least five days after getting a tooth removed. However, if you can, you should avoid smoking for two weeks. Tobacco products like cigars and cigarettes can delay the healing process, which is why you should not smoke after a dental extraction. If you’ve had difficulty quitting in the past, don’t hesitate to let Dr. Kendrick know so they can help you prepare in advance.

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