Our gentle, experienced team offers tooth extractions to help our patients find relief. We also perform wisdom tooth extractions.
Tooth extractions are the last resort in dental care, but sometimes, they are necessary to help restore a patient’s oral health. At Rock Road Dental, our highly trained dentists offer both simple and wisdom tooth extractions. If you think you may need to have a tooth removed, call us today.
You may need a tooth extraction if you are suffering from a dental injury or infection. Another reason why teeth might need to be pulled is if the tooth is severely decayed and can’t be repaired or restored.
During your visit, our dentist will perform a thorough examination, then take X-rays to examine to determine the health of your tooth. If the tooth can’t be saved, then the X-rays will show which teeth need pulling out. Wisdom teeth are the most common extraction as sometimes they cause your other teeth to shift due to the lack of room for the complete eruption.
The third molars, or "wisdom teeth," are the last molars on the top and bottom of your mouth. They are the final set of molars to come in, typically between the ages of 17 and 21. The position they erupt in will determine whether you will need to have them removed.
Because they are the last set of molars to erupt, and they don’t erupt until all your teeth have already adjusted, there might not be enough space for them. When there is not enough room for the additional teeth, they may come out at an angle or become impacted. If this happens, the teeth must be extracted. If they come through at an angle, they may push the rest of your teeth forward, forcing your bite out of alignment and causing future dental health concerns.
If not extracted, wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, swelling, pain, and eventual infections. A dental exam and X-rays will indicate the position your wisdom teeth are going to erupt and whether you need to have them extracted.
Pain, discomfort, and swelling will occur up to a week following an extraction, and it is normal to experience minor bleeding. You need to be careful to rest after the extraction as to not dislodge the blood clot and cause further bleeding. Little to no exercise is recommended after an extraction.
You should not eat any solid foods or drink hot beverages for one to two days. Our dentist will prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers to prevent infection and manage pain as necessary. You may use a warm compress to reduce any swelling and discomfort.
The average recovery time can take up to a week for your mouth fully heal, so be sure to follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions to ensure a comfortable recovery.