Tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal in Thibodaux, LA
Did you know that most Americans will have at least one tooth extracted at some point in their lives? At Acadia Family Dentistry in Thibodaux, LA, we believe in taking every step possible to preserve your natural teeth, but sometimes, issues arise that significantly compromise the health of the tooth and surrounding tissues and an extraction is necessary. When this happens, we provide gentle and comfortable tooth extractions, including removal of wisdom teeth.
The reason getting a tooth pulled might be recommended
With good home hygiene and routine cleanings and check-ups at the dentist, you can prevent many oral health issues such as decay and disease. However, even the most diligent patients might need one or more teeth extracted at some point. Common issues that can lead to the need for a tooth extraction include:
- Broken tooth: Accidents and traumatic injuries can cause significant damage to teeth, including fractures or breaks along the surface or the roots. Teeth that have been weakened due to decay or conditions such as bruxism (grinding and clenching) can also break more easily, sometimes during seemingly benign activities such as eating popcorn. If the damage due to a tooth break or fracture is irreparable, an extraction may be necessary.
- Tooth decay that cannot be repaired: If tooth decay is not treated, it can continue into the deeper layers of the tooth and into the pulp and root, where it can cause immense pain. In some cases, the tooth can be repaired with root canal therapy, but if not, a tooth extraction might be the only option.
- Loss of bone around the tooth: Gum disease is an insidious process that, when left untreated, can cause your teeth to become loose due to the loss of bone surrounding the teeth; when this happens, the tooth cannot function properly while you are eating and may cause pain or further injury to the bone, and extraction may be necessary
- Impacted wisdom teeth removal: Wisdom teeth typically start emerging around the ages of 17 to 25, and in many cases, there is simply not enough room in the mouth for them to grow in. When that happens, they can become impacted, or stuck beneath the gums unable to erupt, and cause pain and other oral health problems. When this occurs, extracting them is typically the best option.
All you need to know about tooth extractions at Acadia Family Dentistry
Why would anyone need a tooth extraction?
Extractions are needed when the tooth is broken, and the nerve is exposed, causing pain or an abscess. A dental extraction is the last resort treatment to get you out of pain.
What is the procedure to extract a tooth?
To keep you comfortable the dentist can give you an oral medication to take the day before and on the day of the dental appointment.
The infected tooth is numb, and then the tooth will be removed by the dentist. After the extraction, you are required to bite down tightly on the gauze for the next 24 to 48 hours.
You can expect to have a lot of bleeding, swelling, and pain. You are required to not smoke, do heavy exercise, or heavy lifting.
Real Patient Results at Acadia Family Dentistry
Doemeca Domangue had her #7 tooth extracted and a partial denture placed on the same day.
Gentle extractions for your oral health
At Acadia Family Dentistry, we understand that getting a tooth pulled can be a stressful process, which is why we take several measures to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and pain-free. We use effective anesthetics and offer nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel calm and use the latest techniques to help ensure a smooth and rapid recovery.
To schedule your appointment at Acadia Family Dentistry, call us in Thibodaux, LA today at (985) 303-2920