Our dentist takes X-rays to determine the best method for pulling teeth. Once he develops a plan to remove the tooth, you will be prepped for the dental procedure. Reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Traumatic oral injury
- Crowded teeth
- Infected tooth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Tooth Extraction Procedure
First, our dentist will take X-rays to get a better look at how the tooth is positioned. Once our family dentist determines the best way to remove the tooth, he will prep you for the tooth extraction procedure. To eliminate any dental discomfort or pain during the procedure, your dentist will inject local anesthesia near the tooth. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth before removing it with forceps.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
You’ll need to follow our dentist’s instructions for tooth extraction care so the site can heal properly. In general, we recommend taking ibuprofen during tooth extraction recovery to alleviate pain. To reduce swelling, you’ll want to press an ice pack against your face (a bag of frozen peas also works). Your dentist may give you other instructions depending on whether they had to cut through the gum line to extract the tooth.
How We Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss
After dental extraction, your dentist may recommend ways to fill in the empty space left in your smile. Many of our patients restore smiles after tooth loss with partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. After tooth removal, we recommend scheduling a consultation with your dentist to determine which option is right for you.
Our Holland, MI, tooth extraction dentist always strives to help patients maintain beautiful healthy smiles through preventative dental treatments. If you are unsure whether a tooth needs extraction, schedule an appointment at Macatawa Smiles by calling (616) 396-7524.