Are your wisdom teeth coming in? Do you have severe tooth pain caused by a dental infection? At Perfect Smiles, we offer tooth extraction procedures for patients in Bensalem, PA. Although dental extractions may seem painful, we ensure that our patients feel as comfortable as possible throughout treatment. Our dental office also provides tooth extractions to alleviate the pain caused by severely impacted or infected teeth.
Tooth extractions are preventative, general dentistry treatments that stop tooth pain and improve patients’ overall oral health.
What Are Simple and Complex Tooth Extractions?
Dental extractions are categorized as simple or complex. Simple tooth extractions remove teeth that are above the gum line. We use a local anesthetic to numb the treated area for a painless extraction. Complex dental extractions may be used to remove teeth that have not fully emerged. These teeth are below or at the gum line. Because complex dental extractions take longer to perform, our patients may require dental sedation as needed.
Following a dental extraction, we will provide patients with gauze and prescribe pain medication to aid healing. To avoid dry mouth, keep the gauze at the extraction sites. Eat a soft diet for several days and avoid biting near the back of the mouth. For patients with infected teeth, we can replace their extracted teeth with dental implants once they have healed.
Why Do You Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Although not every patient needs their wisdom teeth removed, wisdom teeth can be problematic for many patients. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge and are found behind the back molars. They typically emerge when patients are in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth become impacted when they do not have enough room in the mouth to emerge. This can cause pain and discomfort in the back of the mouth.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth can grow at odd angles or injure the adjacent molars. At routine dental appointments, we regularly take X-rays and scans of the teeth. Call our dental office if you notice pain in the back of your mouth or feel your third molars coming in. We will examine your smile to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
At our office, we take every precaution possible to try and preserve your natural tooth structure. Losing the tooth root causes further problems as the bone deteriorates in that area. While we offer many tooth replacement options, the natural tooth is usually the best option. However, there are times when removing a tooth from the mouth is the best choice for your oral health.
A tooth that’s severely infected or damaged can cause harm to the rest of your mouth. Infections spread and impact other teeth and tissues in the surrounding area. Damaged teeth can lead to fragments breaking off and causing harm to soft tissue. We’ll try to save the tooth with a dental crown first. If this can’t be done, we’ll move forward with extracting the tooth.
In addition to wisdom teeth removal, you may also need tooth removal for orthodontic purposes. Overcrowded teeth are a typical reason for getting orthodontic treatment. Cramped teeth push against each other and are painful and hard to clean. We work with an orthodontist to ensure you get a comfortable, straight smile. Sometimes, teeth are so cramped that we have to remove teeth for proper orthodontic treatment.
Receive Comfortable Dental Care Today
Stop toothaches and sensitivity caused by infected and impacted teeth. Contact our office for a consultation at 215-770-1081. You may also schedule a dental appointment with our team online.