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Tooth Extractions in Eau Claire

Understanding The Basics

How Do I Know I Need a Tooth Extracted?

We will always try our best to salvage your tooth before resorting to an extraction. If the tooth is salvageable, we may recommend a root canal treatment so the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. However, if decay is too extensive, a tooth can sometimes not be saved.

There are various reasons that you may need a tooth extracted. The most commonly extracted teeth are wisdom teeth because they often grow improperly, are impacted in the gums, or cause oral health problems. Other reasons you may need an extraction is if your teeth are overcrowded, diseased, or have suffered from dental trauma.

Pay attention to the following signs which suggest you could need a tooth extraction:

• Severe tooth pain
• Gum disease
• Impacted teeth
• Severe decay
• Jaw pain and stiffness
• Crooked teeth caused by overcrowding

At Shook Family Dental, we perform tooth extractions with expert precision and make you feel comfortable by offering nitrous oxide sedation. If you need an extraction or a tooth replacement after extraction, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

The Tooth Extraction Process

Examination and Anesthesia Administration

Tooth extraction begins with a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and dental records to determine your suitability for the procedure. If suitable, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic (lidocaine or epinephrine) directly into the gums below the affected teeth to numb the region and ensure a painless extraction.

Loosening the Tooth and Extraction

Next, the dentist uses a special tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth by lifting it from its sockets and widening the sockets. Once loose, the dentist will tightly grip the tooth with forceps and rock it gently before pulling it out. You’ll feel a bit of pressure and movement but no pain at all.

Socket Cleaning and Post-Extraction Care

Bleeding begins almost immediately after pulling out the tooth. The dentist will apply a cotton ball to the extraction site to slow the bleeding. After, they’ll carefully clean any debris in the socket and may sometimes suture the wound to close it. You’ll then receive instructions for taking care of the extraction site until recovery.

Healing and Aftercare

Teeth extractions involve removing teeth from their sockets. These extractions damage bone and gum tissue since your teeth are deeply embedded inside the jawbone. Proper post-extraction care is necessary to quickly heal the damaged tissue and prevent complications like bacteria and fungal infections.

Immediately after the extraction, bite down on the gauze pad the dentist places in your mouth to stop the bleeding. You’ll start to feel mild pain and discomfort in the extraction site once the anesthetic wears off. The dentist will recommend pain medication to manage the pain. Take your pain medication per the dentist’s prescription and consult the dentist if the pain doesn’t dissipate in three days.

Avoid touching the extraction site in the days following the procedure, and stick to a diet of soft foods like noodles, eggs, and broth. Similarly, steer clear of fizzy drinks, hot beverages like coffee, and alcohol since they irritate the wound. The use of tobacco will also aggravate the wound and prolong healing.

Recognize the symptoms

Should I Replace My Missing Tooth?

Yes, unless the teeth extracted were wisdom teeth, you must replace a missing tooth. If the missing tooth was visible when you smile, then this will pose obvious cosmetic concerns but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. 

After you lose a tooth, your jawbone deteriorates. This causes the surrounding teeth in the mouth to shift around and even lean into the space where your old tooth was. This can lead to overcrowding and crooked teeth. 

Over time, this bone loss will also lead to changes in your facial structure, which will cause you to appear visibly older than you are. Bone loss also increases your risk of losing more teeth in the future. There are many tooth replacement options available that can fill the space of your missing tooth, improve the appearance of your smile, and assist with tooth function such as speaking and chewing. 

The best option for tooth replacement after extraction is a dental implant. A titanium post is implanted into the jawbone and over 3-6 months, this post becomes integrated (fused) with the jawbone. Then you will return for another appointment to have an abutment attached to the implant and finally, a dental crown attached to that. 

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that preserves the jaw bone to prevent teeth from shifting. It is also the only restoration that truly fully restores the function of the natural tooth. They’re secured in the jaw, so they don’t shift around when you eat or speak and they’re incredibly low maintenance.