A Look Ahead at Tooth Extraction

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No matter how well you care for your teeth, there is a risk that you could experience an injury or damaging dental condition that causes a tooth to be removed. Reasons to have a tooth removed can range from a harmful accident or invasive oral infection to overcrowding in the teeth or an impacted wisdom tooth. If you have been told you need a tooth removed, you can learn about the tooth extraction process and what to expect.

First, we will evaluate your mouth with dental X-rays to determine the severity of the tooth damage and whether an extraction is necessary. An outpatient visit is the typical process for this procedure.

By numbing the area of around the tooth in the form of a general anesthetic or local sedation, we can keep you comfortable while we remove an impacted tooth or several teeth. Following the completion of surgery, Dr. Cynthia E. Sherwood may provide antibiotics, painkillers or anti-inflammatories to protect a weakened immune system and ensure you have a successful recovery.

Recovery typically lasts one to two weeks depending on how extensive the surgery was, and we encourage you to eat a soft food diet during this time. As the gap in your smile heals, it will be covered with bone and gum tissue. You may also need to undergo tooth replacement with a dental restoration such as a dental implant, fixed bridge or dentures.

We invite you to contact Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS at 620-331-4499 today if you need to schedule a consultation with our dentist and our team to learn more about tooth extraction in Independence, Kansas.