If you’re suffering from tooth trauma, damage, or infection. Dr. Mojgan Mazhari may recommend that a tooth be extracted to restore your dental health. However, it’s important to note that dentists always try to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, resorting to extraction only when other treatments aren’t viable or when the tooth poses a risk to overall dental health.
Although getting a tooth pulled seems frightening, knowing in advance what to expect and how a dentist performs tooth extraction procedures helps minimize your concerns. Here’s what you should know.
Why is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are several reasons why a dentist might recommend extracting a tooth. Some common ones include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Preparing for orthodontic treatment
- Impending infection
- Extra or overcrowded teeth
Questions to Ask an Alexandria Dentist Before Tooth Extraction
Before undergoing a tooth extraction, it's essential to ask your dentist questions to alleviate your concerns and ensure you fully understand the procedure and its potential implications. Here are a few to add to your list.
- Why is tooth extraction necessary? Can the tooth be saved with alternative treatments like a filling, crown, or root canal?
- What type of tooth extraction will be performed? Is it a simple extraction (for a visible tooth) or a surgical extraction (for an impacted or broken tooth)?
- What can I expect during the procedure? Will I experience any pain, and how will it be managed?
- What type of anesthesia or sedation will be used? Are there any risks associated with it?
- How long will the tooth extraction procedure take?
- What should I do to prepare for the extraction? Are there any dietary or medication restrictions before the procedure?
- What are the potential risks and complications associated with tooth extraction?
- Will I need someone to drive me home after the procedure, especially if sedation is used?
- How much discomfort or pain should I expect after the extraction, and what can I do to manage it?
- What is the expected recovery time, and are there any special care instructions for after the procedure?
- Are there any potential long-term consequences of the tooth extraction, such as impact on adjacent teeth or jaw alignment?
- If the extracted tooth isn’t replaced, what are the potential effects on my dental health and overall bite?
- Will there be any visible changes in my appearance after the extraction, especially if it's a front tooth?
- What are my options for replacing the extracted tooth, if necessary? What are the pros and cons of each option?
- How much will the tooth extraction procedure cost, and does my dental insurance cover it?
- Are there any alternatives to the extraction that I can consider?
Also make sure to ask about specific aftercare procedures related to tooth extraction, such as what to eat and drink, how to brush and floss, types of activities you can do, and so on.
Live without pain and take good care of your oral health. Call our office today to learn how tooth extractions can be done quickly and with minimal discomfort.