A tooth extraction may be recommended to address severe tooth decay, damage or to resolve overcrowding of teeth. A tooth extraction is used only when necessary. At DentalSpa in Indianapolis, we strive to preserve the natural teeth with dental fillings or root canals if possible.
There are times when a tooth extraction is the best option for the overall health and function of the smile. Your dentist in Indianapolis, IN performs most tooth extractions in the convenience of her Indianapolis dental office. When necessary, we refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for tooth extractions.
Tooth Extraction: What to Expect
A tooth extraction is a fairly simple procedure. Dr. Marckese will numb the area to minimize discomfort and extract the tooth. After the tooth is extracted, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. The socket will be packed with gauze; in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
We ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the appointment. You may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
One of the most common tooth extractions we perform is wisdom teeth removal. It is a common procedure for young adults in their late teens to early 20’s as this is when the wisdom teeth typically begin to emerge. Wisdom tooth extraction is usually recommended to alleviate pain and to maintain the proper position of the other teeth.
Wisdom teeth can cause damage to neighboring teeth as they emerge and, in some cases, become impacted. Our family dentist office provides complete wisdom tooth removal services for patients of all ages. Commonly, wisdom teeth are removed because they are impacted in the bone or present a potential overcrowding problem that will detrimentally affect the bite.
Reasons for tooth extraction
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
A tooth extraction is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed in one visit to our office with the use of a local anesthetic. We also offer sedation dentistry for anyone who experiences anxiety or fear of the dentist.
Dr. Marckese will recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth or teeth that need to be removed. Dental implants are the best long term, natural looking solution for missing teeth. In most cases, the tooth can be extracted and the dental implant placed on the same day. Dr. Marckese is able to perform a majority of the procedures for dental implant in Indianapolis, IN at her dentist office.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Is it better to get a damaged tooth removed or repaired?
Your dentist will always try to save as much of your natural tooth as possible before removing it. There is no equal replacement for a tooth’s natural structure. Although we do understand that sometimes this is not possible, mostly in situations of severe damage.
Will a tooth extraction relieve my tooth pain?
Yes, most tooth extractions are done to alleviate tooth pain from a damaged and infected tooth. Tooth extractions can target pain from overcrowding, impacted teeth, and severe gum disease.
How long does it take to remove a tooth?
Tooth extractions only take one visit to the dentist. It is a quick procedure that will alleviate any pain you have almost immediately. Depending on the treatment area, you can expect to be able to chew and eat regularly in a day or two.
Do’s and don’ts after a tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction, patients should be careful to avoid smoking or sucking motions of any kind, including drinking from a straw. This motion can cause your clot to dislodge and create dry socket. Patients are also instructed to avoid eating hard or chewy foods, and should stick to a soft diet for a few days following the procedure. A soft diet includes foods like yogurt, smoothies, milkshakes, mashed potatoes, and soup.
How many teeth can be extracted at the same time?
This varies per dentist and patient. For example, if a patient needs an entire row of teeth removed, then it is possible with extensive oral surgery. There may be more discomfort and a longer recovery time after the procedure than usual, but it is entirely safe.
How long after a tooth extraction can I get a dental implant?
In most cases, patients are told to wait for their gums and affected area to heal after having an extraction. It takes between 3-6 months for patients to fully recover, so patients should wait at least this long before having a dental implant surgically placed.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Indianapolis, IN
If you suspect you need a tooth extraction or need to have wisdom teeth removed, contact our Indianapolis dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amy Marckese today.