Extractions in Richton MS
As your family’s dental care provider, our number one goal is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
The fact is, however, sometimes it is in fact better to remove a problematic tooth.
If you need an extraction, you want a dentist who prioritizes your comfort and helps you get through this challenging situation with as little disruption to your life as possible.
That’s where Dr. Nick Darby and the team at Richton Dental Care come in.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
We don’t like having to tell people they need extractions, but sometimes they are the right choice for preserving your overall oral health.
Some of the situations where we might recommend extraction include:
- A tooth is too decayed or damaged for a filling or crown.
- A tooth has broken off beneath the gumline.
- A tooth is infected and root canal therapy has failed.
- We are preparing for orthodontics or dentures.
- Your wisdom teeth are threatening the health of your other teeth.
Before we remove teeth, we will always lay out your options and explain our recommendation thoroughly so you understand what’s going on and why we recommend extraction. At Richton Dental Care, you always have the final say in your care!
Why Should I Extract My Wisdom Teeth?
While some people are lucky enough to develop wisdom teeth without any problems, those people are, unfortunately, in the minority. The truth is, wisdom teeth are a throwback to earlier times, when humans ate tougher food and had bigger mouths than we do today.
Our bodies have adapted to a softer, modern diet, and our jaws have shrunk. But we still develop wisdom teeth, and often, those teeth don’t fit properly among our other teeth. The result of this can be impacted wisdom teeth, which means wisdom teeth that don’t completely break through the gum tissue, or severe crowding, which affects the health of your other teeth.
Impacted teeth offer an opening for bacteria and plaque, and often result in infection or decay in an area that’s very hard to reach and keep clean. Crowding makes it difficult to brush or floss between your teeth, and can result in decay between the teeth or periodontal disease.
As you can see, if your wisdom teeth are posing a problem, it’s a good idea to remove them.
Does Extraction Hurt?
Your comfort is always one of our highest priorities!
Before beginning any procedure – including extraction – we will take extra care to make sure that you are completely numb. During an extraction you may feel some pressure as we remove the tooth, but you will not feel any pain.
We will also provide recommendations and sometimes medication to help you manage any discomfort once you are home and the anesthetic has worn off. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and painkillers are usually enough for most people. Your mouth actually heals remarkably fast.
Avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw in the days following your extraction. Not only will smoking impede healing, the sucking action of both of these activities can dislodge the clot that forms in the socket and is important for proper healing.
Call Us with Your Questions
We are here to answer any questions you might have. If you have a tooth that’s troubling you, give us a call so we can get you in for an evaluation with Richton dentist Dr. Nick Darby.