Whenever possible, it is important to save your natural teeth with general dentistry. Even with incredible restorations like dental implants, your natural teeth are the best option for your oral health. However, not all teeth can be saved when they are broken or diseased. Plus, some teeth may pose a risk to your health. When a tooth extraction is necessary, our team at Curtis Family Dentistry offers a calm, relaxing environment with excellent dental care to remove your problem tooth.
Many teeth that are infected, decayed or broken can be repaired. Dr. Curtis will always look at all options for treatment before recommending extraction. Root canals can save many teeth that in the past would have been removed, and dental crowns can restore many broken teeth. When the tooth is beyond repair or poses a risk to your health, Dr. Curtis and our dental team can carefully remove it with as little discomfort as possible.
Gentle Tooth Removal
No one wants to have a tooth removed, even when it is causing pain or other problems. We understand that tooth extractions can be stressful, especially for our patients that have some level of dental anxiety. We take the time to make certain you will be comfortable for your procedure and will not experience any pain while we remove your problem tooth. Our dental team will ensure you have the proper care instructions to help you recover quickly with as little discomfort as possible.
You can trust our compassionate team at Curtis Family Dentistry to make sure you feel comfortable whenever you come to us for dental care, especially for tooth extractions. Contact us today to schedule an exam to evaluate your painful or problem tooth. We will determine whether it can be saved or if you need a tooth removal procedure.
When can I eat after a dental extraction?
We recommend that you wait until the numbness wears off before you try to eat so that you do not accidentally bite your tongue or the inside of your mouth. After that, you should stick with soft foods that do not require a lot of chewing, like applesauce, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, avocados, and pudding. Smoothies and milkshakes are also a great option, but you should avoid drinking them through a straw, as the suction created in the mouth can cause a dry socket.
When can I return to my normal routine?
It depends on how many teeth are removed and how quickly you recover. We recommend that patients take at least the rest of the day off after they have a tooth removed to rest and recover. You will want to keep your head propped up and avoid strenuous exercise during your recovery process to help your gums heal properly. Then, you can slowly start returning to your normal diet and your normal daily routine. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask us.
What are my tooth replacement options?
If you are interested in using a dental restoration to replace one or more teeth that are being removed, we’d love to talk to you about our tooth-replacement options during your consultation. Our office offers dental bridges, which are a minimally invasive and cost-effective treatment option for missing teeth. We also offer partial dentures, full dentures, and dental implants, which can be used to replace a single tooth or all of the teeth. To learn more about our restorative options, please contact our office.