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Tooth Extraction
Dental Implants Green Bay, WI

Image of a tooth that has already been extracted at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry.Tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure conducted with precision, to address various dental concerns. Especially in cases of dental trauma or infection, tooth extraction plays a vital role in maintaining your overall oral health. Acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the reasons for tooth extraction, the procedural aspects, and proper aftercare is essential for ensuring a smooth and successful recovery. Here at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, we perform tooth extractions on our patients as needed. Our first choice will always be to preserve and protect your tooth, if possible.

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction, also known as dental extraction, or having your tooth pulled, involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. While preserving natural teeth is a priority, certain situations necessitate extraction to uphold your overall oral and physical health.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Multiple factors may prompt the extraction of a tooth. In cases where procedures like fillings or dental crowns are insufficient to restore severely damaged or decayed teeth, extraction becomes necessary to prevent the spread of infection.

Impacted wisdom teeth, arising due to limited space, can cause pain and damage to the adjacent teeth, necessitating extraction.

Advanced periodontal disease leading to tooth loosening, traumatic incidents, or preparation for dentures or orthodontic treatment may also require tooth removal.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Before having a tooth extraction, a thorough examination by one of our dentists will take place. They will assess the condition of the affected tooth and surrounding structures, determining the most suitable extraction approach.

Local anesthesia is administered to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. Specialized tools are then used to gently loosen the tooth within its socket, minimizing trauma to surrounding tissues. Following extraction, gauze may be placed to control bleeding.

Types of Tooth Extractions

There are two types of tooth extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extraction is performed on visible, fully erupted teeth using forceps. Surgical extraction, more intricate, is conducted on less accessible or fully erupted teeth, often involving incisions or bone removal. If bone removal is required, you can have a bone graft at a later date. Wisdom teeth extraction is an example of a surgical extraction. In some cases, it may require special surgical techniques.

Before and After Tooth Extraction

Before your tooth extraction, a comprehensive examination will take place to evaluate the condition of the tooth and to discuss treatment plans and the extraction approach. Your medical history will be reviewed for potential impact on the extraction process.

Detailed postoperative care instructions will be provided, which cover pain, swelling, and bleeding management. Prescribed pain relievers may be given. Activities should be limited to avoid dislodging blood clots and a soft diet is recommended initially.

Aftercare for Tooth Extraction

Postoperative discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed pain relievers, along with applying a cold compress to the cheek to reduce swelling. Gentle rinsing with a mild saltwater solution promotes cleanliness without disrupting healing. Follow-up appointments are important for monitoring the healing progress, to address any concerns you might have, and may involve stitch removal.

Common FAQs About Tooth Extraction

While tooth extraction is a very common procedure, our patients often have questions about having a tooth removed.

Is Tooth Extraction Painful?

Tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring minimal pain during the procedure. Sensations may include pressure, however, the anesthesia is administered to ensure the overall process is as painless as possible.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Tooth Extraction?

Recovery time after having a tooth pulled varies based on factors like extraction complexity and individual health. Initial healing occurs within days, but complete recovery, including gum tissue and bone regeneration, may take a few weeks.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Tooth Extraction?

While risks during a tooth extraction are rare, they can occur. Infection, bleeding, and dry socket are possible. The suggested precautions minimize these risks, and follow-up appointments can address any complications should they arise.

Can I Eat Normally After a Tooth Extraction?

Initially, a soft diet is advised right after your extraction in order to prevent irritation. As your healing progresses, normal foods can be gradually reintroduced into your diet.

What Are the Alternatives to Tooth Extraction?

Root canal therapy and periodontal treatment are alternatives for decay or infection. Orthodontic options may be considered for tooth alignment, and dental crowns can help treat damaged teeth.

Tooth Extraction in Green Bay, WI

Tooth extraction, when necessary, prioritizes patient comfort and well-being. Adhering to postoperative care instructions and maintaining oral hygiene significantly contribute to a smooth healing process. For any questions or concerns about the tooth extraction process or to schedule an appointment, contact Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry in Green Bay, WI at (920) 278-7678.


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Tooth Extractions • Dental Implants Green Bay, WI
Here at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, we perform tooth extractions on our patients as needed. Click here to learn more!
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