Are your wisdom teeth growing in?
While we like to avoid permanent tooth loss, Larsen Family Dental understands that there are times where a problematic tooth needs to be safely removed. Whether you need a wisdom tooth removed or you are experiencing an overcrowded mouth, Dr. Larsen can provide you with a safe tooth extraction as a part of our general dentistry services in our Bountiful, UT dental office. Tooth extraction is the process of dislodging a tooth from your gums. Depending on whether or not the tooth has erupted through the gums, tooth extraction may require a small incision to access the tooth before removing it. Local anesthetics are used to keep you calm and comfortable. It’s important that you seek professional help for a necessary tooth extraction instead of trying to do it yourself at home as you can experience an infection or extreme pain if done improperly.
Tooth Extraction in Bountiful, UT
A tooth extraction procedure is fairly easy. It will be completed in one visit and we will send you home specific after care instructions. To begin the procedure, Dr. Larsen will thoroughly numb the area around the tooth. As your trusted dentist in Bountiful, UT, he will gently dislodge the tooth by detaching the ligament securing the tooth in your jaw bone using special tools. Then, he will rock the tooth back and forth until it is able to be removed.
Afterward, the empty socket will be cleaned and packed with gauze to prevent infection and help the blood to clot. It is important for a blood clot to form because promote the healing process. A small amount of blood, however, is completely normal. Here are some common questions we get regarding our tooth extraction procedure:
What is the aftercare for a tooth extraction?
We recommend leaving the gauze on for a few hours to allow the blood to clot. Rest and relax for the first 24 hours and avoid rinsing out your mouth. Do not use a straw or smoke cigarettes until the extraction site has healed. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing and a dry socket may form. Additionally, hold a cold compress to your cheeks to reduce facial swelling. Patients typically recover within a few days of treatment without complication. If you experience excess bleeding or pain, please contact our office as soon as possible.
Will tooth extraction hurt?
Local anesthetics are used to ensure you only experience slight pressure during a tooth extraction. However, your jaw might be sore for a few days following the procedure. Additional sedation dentistry options are available for patients who are especially nervous about their tooth extraction appointment.
Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Because your wisdom teeth often grow in after the rest of your mouth has already developed, these additional teeth can cause an overcrowded mouth. Overcrowding can lead to teeth shifting or an impacted tooth. Additionally, because wisdom teeth grow in the far back of your mouth, they will be extremely difficult to keep clean if allowed to fully erupt.