We know that nobody wants to lose a tooth. But sometimes, extraction is the best option for preserving your overall dental health.
If you need an extraction, you want to feel like you are in the best possible hands. At Hurley Family Dentistry, your comfort is one of our top priorities. We take every possible precaution to make sure that you feel comfortable and secure in our care.
Drs. Charles and Emily Hurley use modern techniques both to help you feel comfortable and to control anxiety. If you feel worried or apprehensive about an upcoming extraction, please let us know so that we can address your concerns and help you.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
Extractions may be done for a number of reasons. The most common reasons why we extract teeth at Hurley Family Dentistry include:
- Teeth that have broken below the gum line
- Teeth that are significantly decayed
- Teeth that are infected
- Preparation for orthodontics
- Preparation for dentures
- Problematic wisdom teeth
Should My Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, but it’s smart to have your wisdom teeth evaluated by a dentist. Unfortunately, because of their location, wisdom teeth can often cause a number of problems:
- You may not have quite enough room in your mouth, which means that when your wisdom teeth come in, you may experience crowding. This can make brushing and flossing more challenging, increasing your risk for cavities or periodontal disease.
- It can be difficult to properly clean wisdom teeth, putting these teeth at high risk for decay.
- Wisdom teeth may be impacted. This means that the tooth has not fully erupted. This situation isn’t just uncomfortable; it also increases your risk for decay and infections.
It’s best to extract problematic wisdom teeth as soon as possible. In most cases, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 16 and 25. This is a good time to schedule a consultation for either yourself or your child so that we can evaluate the health of your wisdom teeth and make a decision as to whether or not they need to be extracted.
Self-Care Following Extractions
We will make sure that you have all the information you need to take care of the extraction site following your procedure. Discomfort and inflammation are usually easily controlled with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen. Dr. Charles or Dr. Emily will provide a recommendation based on your specific needs.
For the next 24 hours, stick with soft foods that don’t require much chewing. Yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, and cool soups are great choices. Do not drink from a straw or smoke because the sucking action can dislodge the clot that is forming. This clot is important to the healing process, so avoid disturbing it or poking it with your tongue.
We’ll call to check up on you and make sure that you are doing well following your extraction. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call our office!