Sometimes, teeth are unable to be saved and need to be pulled

Why Do Patients Need Tooth Extractions?

Patients could need a tooth to be pulled out for various reasons. Any kind of injury or infection that has severely compromised the health of your tooth will need to be removed. Common reasons people get extractions include the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Broken tooth
  • Impacted teeth

Types of Extractions

Depending on your case, our dentists can either perform a simple or surgical dental extraction:

During a simple extraction, we will only need to remove the tooth that is easily accessible and visible above the gumline. After loosening the tooth with a special dental tool, we’ll use forceps to grasp and extract it. You will be under local anesthesia to reduce pain and anxiety.

A surgical extraction requires an incision in the gumline to access the tooth underneath. Surgical extractions are commonly needed for issues with the portion of the tooth that’s not easily accessible inside the mouth. The tooth may need to be removed in pieces.

What to Do After Your Procedure?

Properly caring for your tooth after an extraction is essential for a proper and quick healing process. First, you’ll want to get some rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure! Taking things easy and leaving the extraction site alone will allow it to clot so it can heal. Apply ice on the side of your face where the surgery was performed to help keep the swelling down. Avoid smoking, solid food, warm saline rinses, or sucking after your tooth extraction.

Want to Learn More About Tooth Extractions in Burlington, WI?

When you need a tooth extraction in Burlington, WI, trust the experts at Burlington Dental Health to get the job done. Call or email our office today if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment!