Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although Dr. Sanford will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted.
Dr. Sanford may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment.
X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, Dr. Sanford may refer you to an oral surgeon.
A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
During your tooth extraction, we will do everything we can to ensure your safety and comfort. Dr. Sanford is mindful of your needs and works with a gentle touch to make your treatment as pleasant as possible. Many patients have left our office saying, "That's it? I didn't feel it at all!" You may be surprised at Dr. Sanford's amazing ability to keep you from feeling any pain!
If you should experience pain or discomfort following an extraction, we recommend taking tylenol or ibuprofen and apply ice packs to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Slight discomfort is very normal and should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you experience prolonged or severe pain call our office immediately. We are always here to answer to assist you and answer questions.