If you are experiencing a toothache with extreme pain and inflammation, it is likely you may need a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction procedure at our Hopewell Junction, NY, practice is used to remove damaged and decayed teeth. Typically, after the extraction, a dental implant or dental crown will be placed to restore dental function and aesthetics. At Quality Dental Care, Dr. Ennabi and his team of doctors use the latest dentistry techniques to provide each patient with personalized, comfortable care, and outstanding results. During your consultation, we will always do our best to preserve the tooth with a dental filling or root canal therapy. But when dental pain from an infected or damaged tooth is so severe, many times the only way to relieve the pain and restore oral health is through a gentle tooth extraction.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
At Quality Dental Care, tooth extractions are typically performed when tooth damage from gum disease, trauma, or an infection is so severe that the tooth cannot be restored. If you are concerned you may have a tooth in need of extraction, the list below includes some of the more common reasons a tooth extraction is performed:
- Severe tooth decay with infection and inflammation
- Weakened, cracked, or broken tooth unable to be restored
- Severe gum disease
- Failed root canal therapy
- Dental crowding
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted, infected, or causing dental misalignment
What to Expect during Tooth Extraction
Before the procedure, we will first take x-rays to review the extent of the damage. We will walk you through the procedure, addressing any concerns you may have. We will then numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. For a simple extraction, the tooth will be loosened with forceps and carefully lifted out. For an impacted tooth, we will make a small incision in the gums to carefully lift out the tooth with minimal discomfort.
Not only will a tooth extraction bring immediate relief, but it can also prevent further damage.
During the procedure, you may feel pressure, but since the area is numb, you should not experience any pain. Dr. Ennabi encourages his patients to communicate with him regarding their comfort level, so that he can make any necessary adjustments.
Recovering from Tooth Extraction
After the extraction, you may experience some swelling and dental sensitivity. If you follow your after care instructions, take any suggested medications, and ice the area regularly, discomfort should ease quickly. Rinsing with warm salt water will also help keep the extraction site clean.
We recommend eating only soft foods for the first few days to minimize irritation. Once you have fully recovered, we can provide a prosthetic, such as a dental implant or bridge, to protect your oral health, as well as restore dental function and the natural aesthetics of your smile.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Not only will a tooth extraction bring immediate relief, but it can also prevent further damage from occurring. If a severely decayed tooth is not addressed, it could lead to more serious health issues, including gum disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. When there is overcrowding, tooth extractions can prevent severe dental misalignment and create room for orthodontic procedures, such as Invisalign®.
Relieve Your Tooth Pain Today
If you are experiencing severe dental pain, you may be in need of a tooth extraction. Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule this very important procedure.