Tooth Extractions in Las Cruces, NM
Just because teeth are made to last you a lifetime doesn’t mean that they always do. Decay and infection could put a tooth in jeopardy, and dental trauma and crowding could necessitate tooth removal before more damage is done. We know that a tooth extraction, sometimes more casually called “getting a tooth pulled,” can seem pretty intimidating to patients. At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we only recommend teeth extractions when we’ve considered all other restorative treatments first and know for sure that it’s the best option left to preserve your oral health.
What to Know About Getting a Tooth Pulled
Before we do anything, we’ll make sure that you are comfortable. We’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, and we can also offer you the option of sedation dentistry to alleviate any anxiety you might feel. During the procedure you might feel a little bit of pressure but it should not be painful. Our dentist will remove the tooth with either a simple extraction or a surgical extraction depending on your situation. The latter is often done for more complex cases. After the tooth has been pulled we’ll have you bite down on some gauze to stop any bleeding. Depending on the case, we may also use stitches to close the extraction area.
Common Reasons for Teeth Extractions
There are many different reasons why a patient might have a tooth pulled. A tooth may have such advanced decay or such severe damage from an injury that other treatment options wouldn’t be able to help. Some orthodontic patients require extraction in order to make adequate space for straightening their teeth. Other people may need to get teeth removed in order to accommodate full dentures.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common type of tooth extraction. We advise patients to consider wisdom teeth removal if their third molars are coming in improperly or aren’t fully erupting. When this happens, it opens up the possibility of infection, crowding, or another dental concern.
“I was very nervous about having my molar pulled, but could no longer endure the pain. Once I talked to Dr P. he put my mind at ease and gave me several compatible options. The staff were kind and professional. I HIGHLY recommend dental solutions for absolute professional dental care. I have very sensitive teeth and gums, but their suggestions and care routine eliminated most of my discomfort.” — Janice W.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
It’s common to experience some discomfort after a tooth extraction. You can take ibuprofen to help manage pain, and you can hold an ice pack to your face if you experience any swelling. For the next few days for your procedure, stick to soft foods (think pudding, yogurt, etc.). Don’t use a straw or smoke in the days immediately following your surgery because it could interrupt the healing process.
Don’t worry about memorizing all the aftercare steps right now. If you are visiting Las Cruces Dental Solutions for a tooth removal, we’ll give you a set of instructions to follow after your appointment to help you recover quickly.