No one likes the idea of getting a tooth extracted, and as your dentist in Lebanon, we want to help you retain your natural teeth for a lifetime. However, that is not always possible. In some cases, an extraction is the best way to stop a patient’s pain and get their oral health back on track. Read on below to learn more about why tooth removal is sometimes necessary and what you can expect during the procedure.
Here are some scenarios in which tooth extractions in Lebanon are necessary:
In some emergency situations, immediate extractions are necessary in order to stop an infection and prevent serious future complications.
First, we will make you comfortable by numbing the tooth and the surrounding tissue. If necessary, we may also sedate you. Next, we use an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket before we grip it with forceps and rock it back and forth to break the ligaments that are keeping it in place. If a tooth extraction is more complex, we might have to make incisions in the gums or break the tooth into pieces to remove it.
In most cases, we strongly encourage patients to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. We will explain your tooth replacement options either before or shortly after your extraction.
Most patients feel normal within a week or two of their extraction. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a smooth recovery:
After your gums and bone have had adequate time to heal, you may be eligible for a dental implant or bridge. These tooth replacement options can play a role in reducing the risk of future tooth loss and supporting your long-term oral health.
We hope you can retain all of your natural teeth for a lifetime, but if you ever require an extraction, our team is ready to help you. Before your procedure, however, you might want to know more about what to expect. That is why we have put together the following brief list of frequently asked questions about tooth extractions in Lebanon. If you do not see the information you were specifically looking for, please reach out to us directly.
We make every effort to make our patients comfortable. One of the first steps in the tooth extraction procedure is numbing the mouth. Sedation is also available for particularly nervous or sensitive patients. Keep in mind that the numbing agent eliminates pain, but it does not eliminate pressure, so you may feel movement in your mouth when we are removing the tooth. After your procedure, some swelling and soreness are normal. Following the aftercare instructions from your dentist in Lebanon will help to keep such symptoms to a minimum. If your pain drastically worsens at any point during your recovery, call us right away.
If your dentist recommends a tooth extraction, it is probably the only viable treatment option for your particular situation. However, they will first consider whether another procedure might be able to preserve the tooth. For example, root canal therapy is often able to save decayed teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Gum disease treatment is sometimes able to prevent tooth loss that occurs as a result of receding gums and weakened bones.
There are basically two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple tooth extractions are much more routine, while a surgical tooth extraction — which usually includes wisdom tooth surgery — is more complex. It might involve making incisions in the gums or other extra steps for successful tooth removal. And, of course, another big difference between normal tooth extractions and wisdom tooth surgery is that wisdom tooth surgery is exclusively for removing the third set of molars, while a regular tooth extraction can take place anywhere in the mouth.
If the space left by a tooth extraction is at the back of the mouth, you might not be in any hurry to consider tooth replacement. However, a missing tooth does more than pose an aesthetic problem. Even one missing molar can make it more difficult for you to properly chew your food. The other nearby teeth could also drift out of place, leading to a misaligned bite. Often, tooth loss without tooth replacement leads to the future loss of even more teeth. If your missing tooth is toward the front of the mouth, you might also begin to experience speech difficulties. It is in your best interests to replace any missing teeth as soon as possible.