If you’re like most people, you don’t like to think about having a tooth extracted, but having a tooth pulled can improve your oral health, set you up for tooth replacement, and come before orthodontics or same-day dentures.
Your gentle dentists in Florence, KY, Drs. Keith Laws and Laura Herfel, and their associate dentists understand that the idea of extraction can still be daunting, which is why we offer sedation dentistry options to help you feel relaxed during the procedure.
Our sedation dentistry options include:
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral conscious sedation
- IV sedation
The Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extraction is a standard and straightforward procedure in our dental office. Your dentist makes sure the area is numb and gently extracts your tooth.
We offer aftercare instructions to help you with mild soreness or swelling following extraction. This discomfort does not last longer than a day or two and is easily treatable with over-the-counter pain medications approved by your doctor.
As a rule, you should avoid drinking through a straw or smoking for twenty-four hours following your extraction. These habits can dislodge the healing blood clot and lead to a painful condition called dry socket, which may require intervention from your Florence dentist.
Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction in Florence
Deep Decay and Trauma
Sometimes deep decay or trauma—tooth breakage below the gum line, for example—may mean that extraction is the best course to ease pain and save your remaining teeth. Tooth extraction for these reasons means you are probably an excellent candidate for tooth replacement, including:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Same-Day dentures—part of our exciting “All in a Day” dentistry plan!
Wisdom teeth come in at the back of your mouth years after your final adult teeth, and they do not promote function or aesthetics. If your wisdom teeth partially erupt or encroach on your adult teeth, it leaves you vulnerable to jaw pain and infection.
Fortunately, your dentist in Florence can remove these teeth to keep your smile comfortable and healthy.
If you’re looking for a straight smile without metal and wires, Invisalign is a fantastic orthodontic tool. It gives you a straight smile discreetly.
In some cases, if your jaw is too small to support a full row of teeth, it can lead to twisting and overlapping. Your dentist in Florence may opt to extract a tooth or teeth to provide you with a more aesthetically pleasing result following Invisalign therapy. And by the close of treatment, any gaps between teeth will be closed.
Before Same-Day Dentures
If your teeth are not strong enough to anchor a partial denture, your dentist may recommend extracting your remaining teeth for a full denture.
Fortunately, we offer same-day dentures in Florence. This means you will not have to go without your smile for a single day!
Contact Your Dentist in Florence, KY Today
If you have a damaged tooth, troublesome wisdom teeth, are considering orthodontics, or if you’d like to learn more about our “All in a Day” dentures, contact a member of our team today to schedule a consultation.