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Restoring Oral Health with Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions can help alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes with ailments such as overcrowded mouths, severe tooth decay, or jaw deterioration. Dr. Randy Green and Dr. Jeffrey Gregson use the latest dental technologies at their Metairie office to provide optimal comfort and efficiency during your treatment. Dr. Gregson has had extensive training in oral surgery, taking a particular interest in extractions. In addition to removing one or more teeth, we can also provide high quality restorations when replacements are required following an extraction
Conditions That Require Tooth Extraction
As dentists, our primary goal is to preserve your natural teeth. We may use dental fillings or crowns to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Unfortunately, some teeth are beyond repair or cause misalignment and other complications. You may need a tooth extraction if:
- Your teeth are overcrowded, resulting in misalignment
- You have an infected tooth that we could not successfully treat with root canal therapy
- One of your teeth is decayed beyond repair
- You need one or more wisdom teeth removed
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
The tooth extraction procedure varies slightly depending on whether the tooth is fully erupted or is partially or fully impacted. An impacted tooth is one that never erupts through the surface of the gums. Damaged, decayed, and infected teeth are generally not impacted. This makes the extraction process less invasive.
In addition to removing one or more teeth, we can also provide high quality restorations when replacements are required following an extraction.
To remove a fully erupted tooth, we use forceps to gently rock the tooth back and forth. This loosens it from the ligaments holding it in place. Once we have sufficiently loosened the tooth, we can easily pull it out. Partially or fully impacted teeth require surgical removal. We will create an incision in the gums and the underlying bone to access the tooth.
In some case, we may need to break the tooth into several pieces before removing it. This is commonly required with impacted wisdom teeth. Once the entire tooth has been removed, we will close up the incisions using dissolvable stitches.
Tooth Removal Care
After you have one or more teeth removed, you must avoid drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and mouthwashes containing alcohol. Limit your physical activity for a few days so you do not agitate the empty socket. You may experience some swelling and bruising, but this is normal and should subside within a few days. Your doctor may provide pain medication to minimize discomfort, and you can use ice packs to help reduce any swelling.