Gentle Care for Troublesome Teeth
At our office, tooth extraction is always the last resort. But sometimes, it’s the best option if you have seriously-damaged teeth, or if your wisdom teeth aren’t growing into your mouth properly. We use powerful numbing agents and offer laughing gas to keep you feeling safe and comfortable during the process.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Recognizing the Signs
The most common reason for tooth extraction is the improper eruption of the wisdom teeth. Our wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17-25, but most people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate this third set of molars.
Because of this, the teeth may become impacted and fail to erupt fully, or may even grow into your mouth sideways. Signs that you may need wisdom tooth extraction include tooth pain and sensitivity, swelling and inflammation near the tooth, and jaw stiffness.
Tooth extractions may also be required if your tooth has been damaged beyond repair due to gum disease, tooth decay and infection, or dental trauma. In these cases, extracting and replacing the tooth can help you avoid further pain, discomfort, and complications.
If you have a tooth that is loose, damaged, or causing you serious pain, come in for a consultation right away to find out if extraction may be required, or if you have other options to restore your tooth.
Preparing for an Extraction
What to Expect
The process of tooth extraction takes only a few minutes. Dr. Lascari will clean and numb the treatment area, then use a set of special tools to loosen your tooth and pull it out from the socket. Then, the area will be disinfected and may be sutured shut, if necessary.
If you work outdoors in the heat, Dr. Lascari recommends you take off work, if possible, for a couple days after tooth extraction. Be sure to rest and take things easy to ensure your mouth can heal properly.
Finally, you should plan to eat mostly soft foods for up to a week after your treatment. Stock up on broth, yogurt, applesauce, and ingredients for smoothies and protein shakes to ensure you maintain proper nutrition after your treatment. Dr. Lascari will provide you with detailed recovery instructions to ensure you heal quickly after your extraction.
Can I Be Sedated for My Extraction?
Yes. Your mouth will be completely numb during the treatment, and we also offer sedation with laughing gas so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout your procedure. Laughing gas will help you feel comfortable and safe during your treatment, but you will remain fully alert and responsive, so it’s a good option if you want to be sedated but you don’t like the idea of falling asleep or being unconscious during your procedure.