One of the main goals of modern dentistry is to save teeth whenever possible. But in some situations, Dr. Randy Singh, Dr. Marty Sekand, Dr. Ken Jandoo or Dr. Steven Schneider at Malvern Town Centre Dental may asses that it is better to remove (extract) a tooth instead. There may be no other choice but to remove a tooth to alleviate your pain or the infection.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Sometimes, the “wisdom teeth,” large molars (back teeth) that usually start coming in around age 17-25, require removal because they cannot fully come into the mouth or they cause infection, pain or other problems.
Extractions For Orthodontic Reasons
In other cases, tooth removal is recommended as part of orthodontic treatment to make room to alleviate crowding. No matter why it may be needed, tooth extraction is nothing to fear when performed by an experienced dentists like Dr. Randy Singh, Dr. Marty Sekand, Dr. Ken Jandoo or Dr. Steven Schneider. Contrary to popular belief, teeth are not set solidly within the jawbone; instead, they are held in their bone sockets by a network of fibers (ligaments). By carefully manipulating the tooth, we can usually displace these fibers and remove the tooth without too much difficulty.
Tooth Removal Recovery
It is normal to feel some soreness for a few days after a tooth is removed. Any discomfort can usually be relieved by taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You should also hold an ice pack on the outside of the cheek: place it on for 5 minutes, then take it off for 5 minutes, and repeat as needed for one hour to reduce the potential for swelling in the first 24 hours.