Do you have an impacted tooth? Maybe you have tooth damage because of gum or tooth infection.
Tooth extraction is a routine general dental service that can be performed in just one visit to our dentist’s office. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht performs tooth extractions in Indianapolis, IN at North Meridian Dental Excellence. His dental staff personalizes care to fit the needs of each and every patient. Learn about the types of tooth extractions performed in-office as well as the dental problems that extraction treats:
When is A Tooth Extraction Needed?
Tooth extractions are done for multiple reasons:
- Teeth are cracked, broken, decayed, or infected
- Overcrowded teeth are causing tooth misalignment
- Baby teeth that are preventing permanent tooth eruption
- A tooth is fully or partially impacted
- Severely damaged teeth due to a tooth infection or gum disease
Do any of these conditions sound familiar? Contact North Meridian Dental Care at 317.204.7134 for tooth extraction. Our dentist in Indianapolis will ensure your comfort through the procedure.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Before performing the procedure, Dr. Ahlbrecht makes sure you are calm and comfortable. He will then numb the tooth and surrounding tissue using our single-tooth anesthesia system. A simple extraction can be performed for teeth above the gum line.
During this procedure, Dr. Ahlbrecht will gently lift the tooth from the socket. Gauze will apply pressure to the area to minimize bleeding. If a tooth is fully or partially impacted, Dr. Ahlbrecht will make an incision in the gums to gain access to the tooth. He will then loosen and remove the tooth from the jaw. The tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces in some dental cases.
Dr. Ahlbrecht will provide you with at-home care instructions following the procedure. Do not brush near the extraction site for 72 hours. You may experience some swelling and soreness for the first 24 to 48 hours, but this will pass. Within three to four days you will be able to resume normal activities.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
How long should I rest after tooth extraction?
We recommend that you set aside at least one to two days to rest after a tooth extraction. It is normal for patients to be drowsy the day following the procedure so it is advised to plan to rest.
What should you not do after tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction patients should be sure to stay hydrated and ice any swelling. We also recommend patients stick to a soft diet for the days following the procedure, and avoid chewing with the area that the tooth was extracted from.
How can I make my tooth extraction heal faster?
Patients can speed up theri recovery after a tooth extraction by being diligent about keeping their gauze in place. Rest is very important after your extraction so it is important to set aside time to rest and recover. Patients should also avoid smoking and drinking through a straw to avoid dry socket.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Call North Meridian Dental Care for advanced dental care today at 317.204.7134. You may also request a consultation with one of our dental specialists on our website.