Tooth pain, sensitivity, and discomfort could be a sign that your tooth is dying. If a tooth has been damaged beyond repair or treatment, then the next step would be to have our dentist office in Raleigh extract the tooth. Tooth extraction can be done in both an emergency dental setting or a scheduled setting, depending on your case.
Common reasons for a tooth extraction:
- Tooth Decay
- Dental Trauma (Broken Tooth)
- Periodontal Disease
- Wisdom Tooth Removal
- Tooth Infection
An emergency tooth extraction often occurs if the tooth has been impacted or damaged due to a physical injury to the mouth. The risk of infection and bacteria affecting a tooth increases significantly when the tooth is damaged or the gum around the tooth is damaged.
Scheduled tooth extraction is done for procedures such as wisdom tooth removal to prevent the rest of your teeth from being affected. While this is less of an emergency, it is important to have the teeth removed in a timely manner.
Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extraction is classified as a serious surgery and is not to be taken lightly. The team at Six Forks Smiles help make the surgical process comfortable and ensure that no pain is felt during the process. Our team will apply a local anesthetic to help numb the area that will be worked on, and most importantly so that nothing is felt while we extract your tooth.
Depending on the complete procedure and the comfort level of the patient, local anesthesia and sedation are provided or the patient is put under with general anesthesia.
Care After Tooth Extraction:
Post care from a tooth extraction is extremely important. Not properly following the guidelines can cause infection within the cavity of the removed tooth. These guidelines can help you with a fast and comfortable recovery:
- Take pain medication as prescribed
- Use the gauze pads that were provided by your dentist office to capture blood
- Apply a cold pack or ice to the area of the extraction to reduce swelling
- Limit activity for 24-48 hours
- Do NOT drink from a straw
- Limit your food intake to soft foods
- Continue to brush and floss to help prevent infection
After the tooth extraction, the dentist will provide a more comprehensive after-care guide.
Contact Our Emergency Dentist in Raleigh
If you need a tooth extracted, are having mouth pain, contact our dentist office immediately so we can evaluate your dental emergency.