What to Know About Tooth Removal in Bellefonte, PA
Even with all the advancements in dental care and treatment, sometimes tooth removal is still the best option. Depending on the situation, either the tooth has just too much decay, suffered damage that can’t be fixed, or perhaps tooth removal is needed to prevent crowding or to allow space for other teeth to grow.
Depending on your situation, there are two types of tooth removal we can do at Eagle Valley Family Dentistry.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If the tooth is visible, then we will perform a simple extraction. We start by loosening the tooth and when it’s ready, we simply remove it.
In cases where the tooth can’t be seen because it’s still under the gum line, this is considered a surgical extraction. We will have to make a small incision into the gum in order to remove the tooth.
Surgical extractions are very common with wisdom teeth. Each year, an estimated 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth surgically removed.
Tooth Removal Process
First, in order to decide if tooth removal is the best option for you we will take the necessary X-rays and review your medical and dental history. We take all the proactive approaches to ensure there won’t be any complications when performing tooth removal.
When we determine we can move forward with the tooth removal, for a simple extraction we will apply a local anesthetic. If it is a situation that requires surgical extraction, you may receive intravenous (IV) anesthesia.
After the tooth removal, it’s important to prevent infection so we’ll have you bite down on sterile gauze for around 30-45 minutes to stop the bleeding. The next 24 hours are very important, as you need to keep your mouth clean to keep infection from occurring. Depending on the surgical extraction, you may need stitches.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Tooth removal is a very common, standard procedure and depending on your situation it may be the best solution for you. Have our experts assess your situation by scheduling a consultation at our Bellefonte, PA office. Call Eagle Valley Family Dentistry at (814) 473-5554 or use the form below.