Losing just one tooth can affect the way you eat and speak, and it can have serious implications for your oral health later on. Saving the tooth is therefore always preferable to losing it. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not the choice that’s available; there are cases where teeth are so badly compromised that they must be removed to protect the rest of the mouth. In these cases, we encourage you to call LaGrange Oral Surgery & Implant Center right away. Dr. Jacobs will personalize your treatment so that your extraction is completed as quickly and painlessly as possible.
When deciding whether or not a tooth extraction is really necessary, we have to very carefully consider the current state of your mouth and possible other solutions. The following situations are key examples of times when a tooth extraction might be required:
There are two ways to extract a compromised tooth. The first is simply by pulling it by numbing the surrounding area and gradually working it loose with a special instrument. However, some teeth – such as those that broke off below the gum line – will need to be removed surgically. The procedure will vary depending on the situation. Sometimes we might simply need to make a small incision in the gums to reveal more of the tooth. For more complicated cases, we might have to drill into the bone tissue or break the tooth into a number of sections that can be removed more easily. Your comfort will always be one of our top priorities, so we’ll take our time planning the procedure and figuring out the best approach.
You’ll be given specific instructions for recovery after the procedure. While your mouth is healing, you should focus on minimizing your pain and avoiding infections and other potential complications. We might prescribe pain medication, but over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can sometimes work as well. You may also want to use ice packs to keep swelling, bleeding, and pain under control. Make sure you stock up on soft foods that you can enjoy without damaging the treatment site until your mouth has sufficiently recovered.