Tooth Extractions

Causes for Tooth Extraction

Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there still sometimes necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay

  • Advanced periodontal disease

  • Infection or abscess

  • Orthodontic correction

  • Malpositioned teeth

  • Fractured teeth or roots

  • Impacted teeth

After careful examination and treatment, Dr Lou may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dental assistant will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

Post-Treatment Expectations

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, which can be minimized with a pain killer and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, contact us immediately.

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