Are you concerned about possibly needing a tooth extraction? The process of extracting teeth is performed for a number of reasons, and could aid against spreading infection. Your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark A. Miller, outlines the diagnosis, procedure, and recovery associated with extracting teeth.
Damaged or abscessed teeth may require extraction, depending on the severity. Often performed to prevent additional mouth infections, extracting a tooth could be the best possible option. Abscessed teeth can become painful and limit a patient’s ability to participate in day-to-day activities. In the case of damaged teeth, an extraction may be performed if a root canal is unable to correct the problem. In some instances, bacteria associated with extractions may enter the bloodstream. For patients with increased risk of heart infection, antibiotics are often prescribed before and after extraction.
The procedure for tooth extraction depends on the severity of the situation. If multiple teeth are to be removed, a general anesthetic is typically administered. The general anesthetic will enable patients to sleep through the duration of the process. If only one tooth is to be removed, a local anesthetic is usually applied to aid in pain prevention.
Oftentimes, stitches are needed, and may require an additional visit to your dentist to remove the stitches, if necessary. Painkillers are typically prescribed to ease discomfort. Depending on location, your provider might recommend a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth.
If you believe you might need a tooth extraction, Dr. Miller can help. At Snow Park Dental, we provide prosthetic, restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dentistry for the whole family. Contact our 87112 dental office by calling (505) 596-4479 to schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve patients from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Los Lumas, Tijeras, Mountain Air, Santa Fe, and Taos.
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