Tooth Extractions Don’t Have To Be Scary

Being told you need an invasive dental treatment, such as a tooth extraction, can be intimidating. You may worry that it may be painful, disrupt your appearance, or take several weeks to recover. However, these procedures are used to restore your health and protect your pearly whites. Dr. Browne’s team in Prairie Village, KS, can help guide you through this treatment so that you can feel at ease during this time.

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When Is A Tooth Extraction Necessary?

In most cases, your dentist will do their best to prioritize keeping your natural teeth in place. Occasionally, though, there are circumstances in which removing them can actually benefit your oral health. Your dentist may recommend this if a tooth cannot be restored, is impacted, and cannot erupt past the gumline, or is causing severe crowding problems. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted because they can cause your other teeth to be harmed or disrupted. This type of extraction is more extensive because patients may need to have all four of them taken out during their procedure. Your team will monitor the development of your pearly whites to monitor for these concerns.

The Removal Process And Recovery

Before the procedure begins, you may be given sedation, or the local area will be numbed. The type of anesthesia used may depend on your personal needs and the number of structures that will be taken out. Once you feel comfortable, the process will begin. A small incision may need to be made in order to remove the tooth. The area will then be cleaned and closed. Gauze may be added to minimize bleeding.

Healing time after your extraction can vary depending on a variety of factors. In general, it may take a few days to feel recovered. Remember to arrange for time off of work, school, or other responsibilities during this time. As you recover, eat softer foods, and avoid smoking so as to not agitate the area. You will be able to brush and floss but be mindful of the area that was worked on.

Replacing The Missing Tooth

Once the area has healed, prosthetic options can be discussed. It is important to replace the gaps in your smile to ensure the area is fully functioning. Wisdom teeth will not need to be replaced, but your other dental structures will need to be. Your dentist may be able to recommend a bridge, dentures, or implants depending on your specific needs and preferences. These prosthetic options have their own unique advantages that can be discussed further with your dental team. Replacing the tooth that has been taken out may take several weeks.

Schedule An Appointment With Our Team

You can schedule this restoration or another service with Dr. Browne by calling our office in Prairie Village, KS, at 913-901-8585.