Green Bay, WI
At Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry, our dentists have training in oral pathology that make it easy for us to help you with any issue or disease that may negatively affect your dental health. Because oral pathologists specialize in addressing diseases that impact your oral structure (jaws, teeth, lips, and cheeks), we are prepared to assist you with any oral concerns you may have. Tooth extraction can often be a key step in helping you overcome such diseases. Though tooth extraction can sound intimidating, we urge you to consider how, after the restorative process, you will have much better dental health than you did before.
Reasons You May Need Tooth Extraction
Before we turn to tooth extraction, the first thing we do is see if your broken or decayed tooth can be fixed by a crown or filling. But for those teeth that are just too damaged and beyond caving, we recommend a complete extraction so that the damage does not risk carrying over to nearby teeth. In this situation, waiting on a tooth extraction can threaten additional infection to neighboring areas in your mouth. By choosing to proceed with a tooth extraction, we help make sure that your decayed tooth does not cause you continued or increased pain over time.
Simple Tooth Extraction
The most commonly ordered tooth extraction is known as the simple extraction, which we recommend if the problem tooth can be easily seen in your mouth when you open it. Because the tooth is so easy to access, the procedure to remove it is quite straightforward. Our dentist will first apply lidocaine around the area of removal in order to cause you less pain. Once the area is quite numb, we will then loosen the tooth with a tool known as an elevator. Afterward, we use an instrument called a forceps to take the loosened tooth out of your mouth.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
There are some instances where the problem tooth is harder to see and reach. We recommend a surgical extraction with such cases, particularly if the tooth has not come into the mouth or if it has broken off at the gum. The key difference with this procedure is that we go a bit deeper into your mouth to make a small incision in your gum line. Once we have access, we can then remove some of the bone of the tooth or bone near to your tooth to emerge safely permit it to safely emerge. During a surgical extraction, we can help you with a more powerful anesthetic such as intravenous sedation or inhaled sedation to make the treatment as painless as possible.
What Do I Do After My Tooth Extraction?
After a tooth extraction, the site that we worked on will be very sensitive and will require special care for the next few days as your body heals naturally. Our first step is to apply gauze to the area so that bleeding stops and a clot can be encouraged to form over the area we operated on. You will want to do your best to avoid anything that will cause the spot to begin bleeding again, as this can lead to a painful condition known as dry socket. If you can to the use of tobacco products, straws, and alcohol, this will help make sure this does not happen to you. If you notice any peculiar discharge, signs of infection, or excessive bleeding, please let us know right away so we can help fix any problem that you face.
If you believe that tooth extraction could be the right choice for you, call us today at (920) 278-7678.