KEEPING YOUR HEALTHY SMILE
Here at Sand Springs Family Dentistry, we make it our priority to do our best to always save your natural teeth. In some cases, though, that’s just not possible, and you might need an extraction. When there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted, or removed, from its socket in the bone.
Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed. Others may have advanced periodontal disease or are broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (this is commonly the case with impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. If an extraction is your best option, our team will do everything to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
by Dr. Jacob Whitney
How Dental Extractions Work
Our philosophy at Sand Springs Family Dentistry is to always save your natural tooth if it is possible. Unfortunately, some conditions in the mouth leave no other choice than tooth extraction. If you and the dentist determine that extractions are the best option, we will do everything to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
After a tooth has been extracted, there will be a space in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. Post-operative care following a tooth extraction is essential for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. Finally, you may be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as ‘dry socket.’ Dr. Whitney will work with you to come up with the best course of action to replace your missing tooth.
If you have questions about our extraction process or need to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Whitney and the team at (918) 245-5979.