Tooth Extractions – Ephrata, PA
Easy Extractions Today for a Healthy Tomorrow
At Ephrata Family Dentistry, we do everything we can to help you keep your natural smile intact. However, tooth extraction is sometimes the only option we have to keep your smile healthy. While no one looks forward to having a tooth removed, our experienced team of dentists make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of tooth extractions in Ephrata and why they are necessary.
Do I Need Tooth Extraction?
Your tooth may need extraction because of various issues like:
- Severe decay or damage to your dental structure
- Baby teeth that don’t naturally fall out
- Teeth that don’t fully erupt
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment or other dental work
- Wisdom teeth
Most of the extractions we perform are to actually save your smile. Whether it’s infection that can spread, a tooth that is too damaged, or your wisdom teeth causing pain and crowding, our expert team is ready to diagnose the problem and provide easy and comfortable tooth extractions.
Different Types of Tooth Extractions
There are various reasons why we may remove your teeth, but here are some of the most common:
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Many patients simply don’t have a jawbone that is big enough to accommodate their third molars (wisdom teeth). To avoid crowding, infection, decay, and additional oral health problems, we can comfortably remove wisdom teeth. Some patients choose to have them removed as a precautionary measure, but we will keep an eye on your wisdom teeth through X-Rays and exams to recommend when you need them extracted.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
Due to injury, genetics, or extreme decay, some patients may need multiple teeth extracted at once. We also may need to extract multiple teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment. Our expert team will take the time to develop your tooth replacement plan so you can restore the gaps in your smile as soon as possible.
Extraction Site Preservation
After extraction, we typically recommend dental implants to restore your smile back to its full health and appearance. However, many patients’ jawbones are weak after extraction, which won’t support a dental implant. That’s why we offer extraction site preservation by fortifying the bone around your missing teeth with grafting material. This keeps your jaw thick and strong to accommodate any future replacements that you may need.
After your extraction, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth to ensure a safe and efficient healing process. We will usually recommend that you:
- Bite gently on gauze to reduce bleeding at the extraction site.
- Eat soft foods and try to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where a tooth was extracted.
- Take two days to rest (at minimum).
- Take the mild pain killers we prescribe as instructed.
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling around the extraction site.
- Avoid drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Maintain a good oral healthcare routine but avoid brushing the area of extraction.
If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to call our office.