Tooth
Extraction Services in Alexandria, LA

Dr. Moylan Can Relieve Your Pain

To most people, the idea of needing tooth extraction can be daunting since their teeth are often vital to oral health and self-esteem. And when they’re missing, they can be troublesome to replace. However, certain dental issues may require one or more teeth to be removed for optimal oral health. 

At Alexandria Smile Center, Dr. Moylan will do everything he can to protect your teeth for a lifetime of comfort and function. Your Alexandria dentist will ensure a safe and painless extraction since it’s always in the best interest of his patient. Discover common reasons why tooth extraction services may be required and learn about the removal process at Alexandria Smile Center.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction Services

Types of Extraction Services

There are two types of extraction Dr. Moylan can perform, simple or non-surgical and surgical. A  simple extraction involves Dr. Moylan loosening the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. 

A surgical extraction means Dr. Moylan will make incisions into the gums so he can access every part of the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces before it can be removed. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, chances are you’ll need a surgical extraction. 

The Extraction Process

At the Alexandria Smile Center, the tooth extraction procedure will generally proceed in several simple stages:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Moylan will gently extract your tooth with specialized tools for a painless experience. For unerupted wisdom teeth or any other impacted teeth, an incision will first be made in the gums to gain access to each tooth.
  4. Dr. Moylan will thoroughly clean the surgical site of any and close your wound. Your dentist will 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.

Post-Extraction Recovery

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 ice pack 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Alexandria Smile Center

3511 Parliament Ct.
Alexandria, LA 71303

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