At Syringa Dental, one of the many dental services we offer are tooth extractions. A tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket. This is typically a necessary procedure when a tooth has been damaged and is beyond repair. Crowding, infection, and tooth decay can also be reasons to have a tooth extracted. Our team of dentists at Syringa Dental will make sure you feel comfortable throughout the entire tooth extraction process.
What does the tooth extraction process consist of?
Thanks to our modern dentistry at Syringa Dental, receiving a tooth extraction should be a painless experience. Before performing a tooth extraction our dentists will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. In some cases you may also opt for a general anesthetic, so that you are not awake during the procedure. In a simple extraction, the dentist then loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator before removing it with a forceps. If surgery is needed, an incision is made in the gum first, then the tooth may need to be broken, or the bone may need to be removed before extracting the tooth. General anesthesia is used for this procedure.
Do I need a tooth extraction?
In an ideal world, your permanent teeth should last a lifetime. However, there are many cases in which tooth extraction is needed. Tooth crowding, root damage, continued pain after a filling or root canal, and extensive tooth damage from trauma or decay can all be cause for extraction.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
How long does it take for the hole to close?
Several factors, including the location and type of tooth, as well as how much it was impacted can all influence how long the healing process will take. It’s a gradual process, but generally, your tooth hole should be closed by about 6 weeks after the extraction.
How soon can I eat after extraction?
Your Syringa dentist will provide you with a list of post-operative care instructions. The day of your extraction, you will be limited to liquids (without a straw), and the day after the tooth is pulled, you should be able to begin to eat soft foods like yogurt and applesauce, gradually adding solid foods as you continue to heal.
How much does a tooth extraction cost?
Each scenario is different, based upon your specific dental needs. Give our Syringa Dental office a call so our Post Falls team can schedule an appointment and give you a quote.