What is a tooth extraction?
When a tooth breaks or gets damaged by decay, sometimes it can be fixed with a filling or a crown. However, in some cases, there’s too much damage and the tooth needs to be extracted. In a tooth extraction, Dr. Urquiaga removes a tooth from its socket in the bone.
Here are some reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted:
- Extra teeth blocking other teeth from coming in
- Baby teeth preventing permanent teeth from coming in
- People getting braces may need teeth extracted to make space for moving teeth
- When large decay that is not restorable causes causes infection to teeth, they may need to be extracted
- Impacted wisdom teeth
How do I know if I need a tooth extraction?
When you see Dr. Urquiaga, he’ll take an X-ray to determine if your tooth needs to be removed and the best way remove it. He’ll also discuss your full medical and dental history with you, as well as a list of any medicines you take.
After considering all the pertinent information and developing a plan of action, Dr. Urquiaga may prescribe antibiotics for you to take before and after the tooth extraction. He’s more likely to prescribe them if:
- You have any type of infection
- You have a weakened immune system
- The upcoming extraction require a long procedure
- You have a specific medical condition
How does a tooth extraction work?
Dr. Urquiaga uses tools called an elevator and a forceps to extract teeth. He uses a local anesthetic to minimize pain during the extraction. The instruments help loosen the tooth and make it easier to remove it. Before a tooth extraction, Dr. Urquiaga gives you a local anesthetic, so you might feel pressure but you shouldn’t feel pain. If you do feel pain, be sure to tell him.
Surgical extractions are usually done by oral surgeons. If Dr. Urquiaga determines that your situation calls for a surgical extraction and the expertise of an oral surgeon, he’ll offer you a recommendation.
Can Dr. Urquiaga see me in the event of a dental emergency after a tooth extraction?
Yes. Dr. Urquiaga is available around the clock to help in the event of a dental emergency. If you experience any of the following after a procedure, call Dr. Urquiaga immediately:
- Swelling gets worse, not better
- Fever, chills, or redness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Numbness in your tongue, chin, or lips three to four hours after the procedure
- Extraction site becomes very painful