Tooth Extraction in Anchorage
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when tooth extraction may be needed. A tooth extraction may be needed if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extraction. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following a tooth extraction, which can be minimized with a pain killer and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine tooth extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office in Anchorage immediately.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
One of the most common types of tooth extraction is wisdom teeth removal. Your wisdom teeth are your very back molars that erupt the very last, usually in adolescence. Most patients don’t have room in their mouths for wisdom teeth. By extracting them, your dentist can prevent your teeth from becoming impacted or otherwise negatively affected. Wisdom teeth removal is generally performed by an oral surgeon. Each patient is unique. Dentists often detect and diagnose wisdom teeth that may become impacted before the teeth erupt. Talk to your dentist if you are concerned about your wisdom teeth. During your appointment, your dentist will assess your risk and decide on the appropriate action and treatment.
If you are experiencing any tooth pain or other dental concern, contact our office today.