At Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we never take the decision to remove a tooth lightly; if we have the option of saving it, we’ll do everything in our power to keep your smile intact. But if an extraction is needed for whatever reason, Drs. Rutledge, Le, and Bradley will combine advanced techniques with a necessary level of sedation to make sure tooth extractions in our Lincoln, NE office remain safe and comfortable. Call us today if you notice signs that a tooth might need to come out for your own health.
A tooth that can be clearly seen in your mouth can be loosened with a special instrument called an elevator; we can then gently rock it back and forth with forceps until it is removed. Surgery may be necessary for teeth that either haven’t erupted or have broken at the gum line. Sometimes the tooth will need to be broken into sections instead of being extracted all at once. No matter what kind of extraction you undergo, your mouth will be numbed so that you don’t feel pain.
Even if an extraction is needed, living with a gap in your smile has consequences. If the tooth isn’t replaced soon, those that remain may drift into the gap and wear down faster due to an unbalanced bite; also, the bone underneath the socket will start to melt away. However, if you have a dental implant placed, you can keep your smile whole and avoid long-term health issues. You can schedule a dental implant consultation at our office if you think you’ll need to have a tooth replaced in the future.
If you need to have one or more teeth removed, our team is ready to assist you. Before you request an appointment with us, however, you might want to know more about the extraction process and what to expect from it. That is why we have put together the following list of frequently asked questions. If you would like further explanation on anything you read here, or on anything related to any of our services, you are welcome to contact us directly.
If you undergo a simple tooth extraction, you can expect to be feeling fairly normal within a few days. Recovery from a surgical extraction takes longer; it may be 7 – 10 days before you are able to resume normal your normal eating habits. Your periodontist in Lincoln will give you detailed post-procedure instructions to make your recovery go as smoothly as possible.
We recommend that you stick to soft foods for at least a few days. Crunchy, hard foods could irritate your extraction site. Things like brothy soups, applesauce, and smoothies are all safe choices during your recovery. It is even okay to indulge in some ice cream (just choose a flavor that doesn’t have hard add-ins like nuts or candy). Also, keep in mind that you should abstain from alcohol as long as you are taking painkillers.
Oral hygiene will be as important as ever after your tooth extraction, so you should continue to brush and floss. However, you should temporarily avoid brushing the extraction site because your toothbrush could dislodge the blood clot there. You may be able to get back to your normal oral hygiene routine within three or four days.
If your tooth extraction in Lincoln is relatively simple and you are not nervous about your extraction, you may not need to be sedated at all. Local anesthesia may be all that is necessary to ensure your comfort. If you do require sedation, we will recommend a sedation method based on your circumstances. For simple extractions, we might use nitrous oxide because it is fairly mild. If you are undergoing surgical extractions, oral conscious sedation or IV sedation might be a better option for you.
Periodontists have an in-depth knowledge of the gums and underlying bone structure. We approach each case with great care and with a view to promoting patients’ long-term oral health. Our expertise makes us especially qualified to handle complex, surgical extractions.