Teeth are one part of our bodies naturally meant to endure. In fact, tooth enamel is the hardest substance present in the human body. But even the most durable structures can suffer from wear, damage, and neglect, which compromises their vitality. If given the opportunity, your dentist will take every action to save your tooth, but if that struggle is lost, then the most likely thing you'll face at our family dental office in Roanoke, VA, is a dental extraction.
Like the word implies, extraction refers to the process of having a tooth removed. While that's the end for your natural tooth, it's not the end of the story. Extractions require planning and follow-up if you're to maintain your best oral health.
Extractions Come in Two Varieties
If Drs. Ben and Kate McDonald decide that you need a dental extraction, we'll first ensure you understand the process and outcomes. Then, your comfort is our next top priority. We will always use an anesthetic and ensure it's working well enough to begin. We do our best to make all dental extractions efficient and effective, getting you on the road to recovery quickly.
Depending on how your tooth is damaged, your extraction will either be simple or surgical. If your tooth is relatively intact, with enough remaining structure to grip, we will perform a simple extraction. This procedure does not usually require stitches.
Surgical extractions involve a tooth either not fully erupted from the gums or broken off without sufficient structure to grip in any meaningful way. In this extraction, your dentist will make a small incision on either side of the tooth to remove your tooth. In many cases, we will use stitches to promote the required healing.
After-care is Important for Success
When we have finished removing your tooth, your jaw will be left with an empty socket closed with a blood clot. If Drs. McDonald's feels it is necessary, they will prescribe antibiotics also to aid the healing process. You'll need to do your part during the first few days, which includes the following:
- Take it easy, avoiding any vigorous activities.
- Don't use straws or anything that would create suction against your socket.
- Avoid hot beverages that could dissolve your blood clot.
- Avoid smoking.
- Do not rinse your mouth.
Dental Extractions in Roanoke, VA
While dental extractions are never our first choice when addressing a dental problem, they are sometimes necessary. At McDonald Family Dentistry, our staff is here to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the process. So don't hesitate to give us a call and schedule a consultation.