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Will Emergency Dentist Extract Tooth?
Your dentist will do everything they can to save your tooth or teeth, but there are instances when extracting your tooth is the best immediate and/or long term solution. Here is a brief overview of examples when an emergency extraction may be performed.
- Dental Infection: If you have a dental infection that has been left untreated for too long, it can result in an ache in your mouth that will require immediate attention to relieve the discomfort. Once you have scheduled an appointment or gone in to emergency dental care to have the tooth examined, your dentist will determine whether the infection is severe enough to warrant extracting the tooth to eliminate the infection. If this is the route your dentist decides to take, they will prescribe antibiotics and replace the infected tooth with a crown or dental implant.
- Severe Decay: If your dentist determines that the pulp of your tooth has become so infected that damage has begun to breach the center of the tooth, they may suggest extracting a tooth to prevent a greater infection from occurring.
- Eliminating Overcrowding: There are some instances when an emergency tooth extraction will be required in order to get rid of overcrowding. By removing a tooth or teeth, patient’s can end up improving the overall alignment of their teeth, which also reduces discomfort.
- Addressing Periodontal Disease: If you have a tooth that has become loosened due to gingivitis or periodontitis, your dentist may remove the tooth or teeth to restore your oral health.
- Helping an Impacted Tooth: An extraction might be the appropriate intervention if your tooth has become impacted within your gum, but not erupted. Extracting the tooth will help avoid the spread of infection, limit crowding, and prevent damage to other teeth.
What Is the Extraction Process Like?
There are two type of tooth extraction processes that can be performed: simple and complex. If your case is simple, your dentist will numb your mouth and then use a tool to gently remove the tooth. This procedure can usually be performed within a few minutes.
If your case is complex, your dentist will provide a stronger anesthetic. Once this anesthetic has begun to work, they will remove the affected tooth and then suture the area to stop the bleeding and help begin the healing process.
Following either of these procedures, your dentist will likely prescribe over-the-counter medication to help reduce the swelling and pain.
Tips on Avoiding Dental Emergencies Like Tooth Extractions
There are commonsense things you can do to limit your chances of having an emergency dental visit, such as wearing a mouth guard if you are playing sports, avoid chewing on hard foods, and never attempt to open or cut things using your teeth.
Some accidents are simply unavoidable, but one of the best ways to avoid having an emergency dental appointment and/or tooth extraction comes down to practicing good oral care habits on a daily basis. Make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, paying particular attention to brush before you go to bed. It is also important that you continue visiting your dentist twice a year.
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