While never a fun experience, having a tooth pulled is sometimes necessary. Most often they are removal of permanent teeth, but sometimes they also be baby ones as well. Teeth may often be removed for a variety of reasons and area fairly common and straightforward practice that take place on a daily basis in dental practices around the world. Most are done using a local anesthetic to provide a pain free treatment that can resolve a host of dental issues such as a tooth that is too badly damaged from trauma or decay. If you are having a dental emergency and need a great emergency dentist in Anchorage, contact our office today!
Need a Tooth Extraction in Anchorage, AK
Alaska Dental Associates is located in Anchorage Alaska and services the greater Anchorage community. We are highly experienced in servicing patients who require a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons. We pride ourselves on our whole patient focus, making sure that we treat our patients with the same care and attention that we do our teeth.
A tooth extraction doesn’t have to be a harrowing experience, which is why in addition to treating our patients with a local anesthetic, we also offer pain relief options that can help lessen the anxiety and stress often associated with a tooth extraction procedure. Often a tooth extraction begins with an X-ray to help aid in diagnosis and treatment. The severity of damage to your tooth will impact the level of work done by your dentist, but following an extraction, recovery often takes a few days. Often a dentist will help you control your pain with over the counter pain killers to reduce discomfort and patients are instructed to limit activity for at least 24 hours. Swelling can often occur, which is why it is recommended to apply ice as needed for up to 10 minutes at a time. When your tooth is extracted at our office, we will lay out your recovery plan to help ensure a speedy and healthy recovery.
Why People Sometimes Need Extractions
Your permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, but often teeth need to be extracted for a variety of reasons. As stated earlier, often tooth extractions are required due to a tooth being too badly damaged from decay or a trauma. However, they are not the only reasons.
Some other reasons for tooth extractions include:
- A crowded mouth — If you’re planning to have orthodontia to help align your teeth, there are times when some of your teeth are simply too big for your mouth. Other times you may have a tooth that cannot break through the gum, in which case it is necessary to extract them.
- Infection — When tooth decay or damage occurs to the center of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, it can let bacteria into your mouth which can cause an infection. While this is often addressed using root canal therapy, there are times when an infection is too severe for therapy or antibiotics, and a tooth should be pulled to prevent further infection within the mouth.
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease — Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support your teeth. In some cases, this disease can cause teeth to be loosened and lose their effectiveness, which may necessitate the need for a tooth extraction.
Alaska Dental Associates Can Help You Remove Damaged or Infected Teeth
If you have a tooth that is damaged or that is infected, we can remove it to help restore your mouth to a healthy state. If you have a tooth that is bothering you, give Alaska Dental Associates a call today, or fill in the form below.