Dental Care Olathe
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Olathe, KS
"Fun" and "tooth pulled" don't go hand in hand, but at times it's essential to avoid additional health problems. For safe and expert extractions, count on the highly qualified team at Dental Care Olathe in Olathe, Kansas, with another location opening soon in Overland Park, Kansas. We're here for you when you're in need of tooth extraction. Schedule a consultation online or call the office.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
Why might I need a tooth pulled?
Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep. Illness, decay, and trauma may all contribute to the need for having a tooth pulled.
Your dentist may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:
- Risk of infection from a failed root canal
- Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
- Severe periodontal (gum) disease
- Extra or crowded teeth
- No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)
What are the steps for extraction?
There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. In a simple extraction, a highly experienced dentist at Dental Care Olathe will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and gently remove it with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. To perform a surgical extraction the dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.
You'll receive a local anesthetic before a simple extraction or surgical extraction so you will not feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is common with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic so you don’t feel pain and you sleep through the entire procedure.
When will I be fully healed from a tooth extraction?
Depending on how many teeth you had extracted and your specific circumstances, the first stages of the healing process usually occur within one or two weeks. In the spaces where your teeth used to be, new gum tissue and bone grow. You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.
Since everyone's situation is unique, contact Dental Care Olathe and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
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