To learn more about tooth extractions in Phoenix, AZ, and other dental procedures to restore your smile, contact Dr. Radhika Rawal and her trusted team at Desert Ridge Smiles.
A Closer Look at Tooth Extractions
A tooth extraction sounds like a painful dental procedure. In reality, getting a tooth extracted is a standard treatment. Although you can repair damaged or cracked teeth with fillers, crowns, or other orthodontic treatments, some teeth are beyond repair. In this instance, tooth extraction is probably the best option.
When You Need a Tooth Extraction
When dentists perform an extraction, they remove your tooth from its socket. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis using a local or general anesthetic. If you struggle with anxiety, some dentists will give you anti-anxiety medication. Here are a few common reasons why Dr. Rawal performs tooth extractions in Phoenix, AZ at Desert Ridge Smiles:
- Deep infection or decaying of a tooth
- Severe trauma or injury
- Create room for teeth in need of orthodontic treatment
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Extract excess teeth to save space
Tooth Extraction Process
There are two types of tooth extractions — a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When Dr. Rawal performs a simple extraction, she'll numb the problem tooth and surrounding gum tissue. She'll then carefully remove the tooth with the proper equipment, such as an elevator or dental forceps.
A surgical extraction requires a small incision into your gum line to remove the problem tooth. In some cases, such as a tooth that broke at or near the gum line, an oral surgeon will perform the procedure. However, general dentists usually have the training and experience to perform surgical extractions.
After a Tooth Extraction
After the procedure, your dentist will ask you to gently bite down on a piece of sterile gauze to control bleeding. Although you'll receive detailed aftercare instructions from your dentist, you'll need to keep the area treated clean. Additionally, you shouldn't vigorously rinse your mouth or smoke for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
If you have more questions or concerns about tooth extractions in Phoenix, AZ, contact the professional dental staff and Dr. Rawal at Desert Ridge Smiles today at (480) 860-4300.