Dr. Moylan Can Relieve Your Pain
Dr. Moylan will do everything he can to protect your teeth for a lifetime of comfort and function. However, certain dental issues may require one or more teeth to be removed for optimal oral health. In these cases, Dr. Moylan will ensure a safe and painless extraction, always in the best interest of his patient.
Discover common reasons why tooth extraction can be required and learn about the removal process at Alexandria Smile Center.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Removing wisdom teeth, your third set of molars, is the most common reason for tooth extraction in young adults. Most people do not have room to accommodate these additional teeth, causing their mouths to become crowded and leading to alignment issues. In other cases, wisdom teeth may not grow straight and become impacted, leading to pain and potential infection.
Most patients are advised to have their wisdom teeth removed early, before they can cause oral health problems. During your regular checkups, Dr. Moylan will track their progression to determine whether extraction is advisable.
Sometimes, significant damage to a tooth will require immediate extraction. This can occur from dental trauma caused by an injury or serious damage from infection or decay.
Dr. Moylan will do everything possible to save your tooth before resorting to tooth extraction. Cracked or damaged teeth can often be repaired with a porcelain crown while infected teeth are usually treatable with a routine root canal procedure. However, if you need a tooth removed, Dr. Moylan will make sure you’re properly informed about the extraction process and take every precaution to make the experience painless and stress-free.
The Extraction Process
At the Alexandria Smile Center, the tooth extraction procedure will generally proceed in several simple stages:
- First, we’ll examine your entire mouth to determine the source of your pain. If your tooth is severely decayed, damaged, or causes complications with your gums and jawbone, it’ll most likely need to be removed.
- During the procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb your mouth and relieve any pain or discomfort you may experience. If dental anxiety is an issue, Dr. Moylan can provide dental sedation to help alleviate your stress.
- Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Moylan will gently extract your tooth with specialized tools for a painless experience. For unerupted wisdom teeth, an incision will first be made in the gums to gain access to each tooth.
- Dr. Moylan will thoroughly clean the surgical site of any and close your wound. He’ll use dissolving stitches to hold the incision closed through the healing process.
Most tooth extractions are quick, safe, and pain-free. Depending on the anesthesia and sedation used, you may need someone to drive you home following an extraction procedure.
After tooth extraction, resting for several days is important to promote healing. Avoid spitting and anything that creates suction in your mouth, as behaviors like this can dislodge a blood clot and restart the flow of blood. Other things to consider while healing include:
- Swelling and Bruising—You may experience some swelling or bruising of the face after an extraction. However, this will dissipate in a matter of days. Applying an icepack to affected areas of the face can help speed up this process.
- Stitches—Dr. Moylan will use dissolving stitches to close the wound from extraction. They’ll disappear harmlessly on their own, avoiding the need for another appointment to have them removed.
- Beverages—Water is the only recommended liquid following surgery. Avoid sugary, alcoholic, carbonated, or hot drinks and don’t use a straw during the first 7-days of recovery.
- Tobacco Use—Don’t smoke or use oral tobacco for at least 72 hours after surgery. This can lead to infection and slow the healing process. The sucking motion can also dislodge blood clots.
Trust Dr. Moylan for Gentle Tooth Extractions
No matter the reason for tooth extraction, Dr. Moylan will ensure the procedure is completed smoothly and free of pain or stress. We’ll always put your safety and comfort first. Contact us today at (318) 545-7606 for an evaluation of your dental care needs.