Optimize Your Oral Health
Basic tooth extractions are typically used for teeth that have been damaged by oral injuries, gum disease, or tooth decay. We generally extract teeth that have been too damaged by oral injuries, gum disease, or tooth decay to be predictably saved.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted or are otherwise not growing in properly, they may need an extraction to ensure that your other teeth remain healthy. However, not everyone needs their wisdom teeth to be removed, so it’s best to schedule a consultation at AMOS to find out if your wisdom teeth are or will be a problem.
Tooth extractions may also be necessary if you have an extremely severe cavity, severe damage from oral trauma, or an infected tooth that cannot be saved with root canal therapy. In most cases, it is possible to save your tooth with a crown or root canal therapy, but sometimes extraction may be your only option.
Some patients with severe gum disease may also require tooth extractions. In its most severe stages, periodontal disease causes teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Our AMOS doctors may recommend extracting these teeth to prepare you for a strong and long-lasting tooth replacement option.
Removing an unhealthy tooth will reduce harmful bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums. Left untreated, a decayed or damaged tooth can wreak havoc on your smile, causing a domino effect of problems. Removing your affected tooth gives you the best chance for optimal oral health.
You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during or immediately after your extraction due to the numbing and sedation used during the procedure. However, you will start to experience symptoms including pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and bleeding within a few hours following your extraction. These symptoms usually peak within the first 2-3 days, and then start to fade as you heal. You will typically need to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for about 5-7 days after your treatment, so plan accordingly.
It will take about 2-3 weeks for your extraction site to get through most of the healing process. Following the recovery instructions provided to you by your doctor will enhance your healing progress. If you are still feeling a lot of pain and discomfort 1-2 weeks after your extraction, this is not normal. Contact AMOS for a follow-up appointment.