If you’ve had a dental injury, sometimes it’s better to extract a broken tooth than try to save it. Periodontal disease can have the same effect if the infection spreads to your teeth. Advanced periodontitis typically causes tooth loss in its later stages, but we only want to perform extractions when it’s necessary for restoring your dental health!
What are Dental Extractions?
There are two kinds of extractions: simple and surgical. A surgical extraction is typically reserved for removing impacted wisdom teeth and severely broken teeth. Unless there’s a complication, you can usually have your teeth removed with a simple extraction.
With simple tooth extractions, your dentist only needs to use a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area before removing the problem tooth. Having infected teeth extracted can stop the bacteria from spreading to other teeth and advancing the effects of periodontal disease.
Tips for After Extraction
After having your tooth extracted, there are a few tips we can give you for your recovery period:
- Take any pain medication as prescribed
- Change gauze pads often
- Eat softer foods during recovery
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t use straws
- Use ice packs to relieve any pain or swelling
Do You Need Dental Extractions?
Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect the gums. It also affects your teeth and the rest of your oral health. At Prestige Dental Care, our goal is to completely restore your smile with procedures like necessary dental extractions, gum grafts, bone grafts, and much more. If you have concerns about gum disease, contact us today to make an appointment for an oral exam!