Tooth Extractions in Westwood, KS

At Sullivan Family Dental, our goal is always to preserve your natural teeth. However, there are some circumstances where a tooth extraction is the best option. A tooth may need to be extracted when the decay, disease, or trauma is so severe that it can’t be treated and may cause harm to your oral health if it isn’t removed. While tooth extractions may sound intimidating, our team works hard to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

Process of Tooth Extractions

The process of tooth extraction is dependent upon the tooth’s placement and state. If your tooth can be seen above the gum line, it is considered a simple extraction. During this procedure, the tooth will be carefully loosened and removed with specific tools. This extraction is typically performed under a local anesthetic. If your tooth hasn’t erupted yet, a surgical extraction will be necessary. With this procedure, an incision will be made to the gum and the tooth will be removed. General anesthesia is often needed for a surgical extraction.

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Tooth Extractions FAQ

  • What happens during a tooth extraction?

    Before the process begins, we’ll discuss your dental needs and decide on a treatment plan. When you visit us for your extraction procedure, you’ll have the option to get nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you stay relaxed. We‘ll also numb the area around the tooth, so the most you should feel during the process is pressure, not pain. After the tooth extraction is complete, we’ll go over your aftercare instructions to help you have a smooth recovery.

  • When can I eat after a tooth extraction?

    You can eat the same day you have a tooth extraction, but we recommend you eat soft foods like yogurt, applesauce, and noodles, and avoid drinking through a straw and consuming hot liquids for a few days to prevent any damage to the healing area. If you need to rinse your mouth out, use lukewarm salt water and gently swish it around in your mouth. As long as chewing isn’t painful, you should be able to reintroduce solid food in 2 to 3 days. We’ll stay in touch with you during your healing process and be available to answer any questions you may have.

  • How common is wisdom teeth removal?

    Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common tooth extraction procedures. Wisdom teeth are notorious for coming in at an angle, causing crowding, and partially erupting. In these situations, we recommend a removal to reduce wisdom tooth pain and the risk of future dental issues.

  • What are the reasons for pulling teeth?

    Common reasons for an extraction are wisdom teeth removal and decay beyond reconciliation. Extractions may also be used in cases where the baby tooth has not fallen out in time for the adult tooth to grow in or there is overcrowding.

  • How do I know if I need a tooth pulled?

    The need for an extraction should only be determined by a dentist. After performing a thorough exam, Dr. Sullivan will create a treatment plan that fits your needs. We will always strive to save your tooth before pulling it.

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