Why is tooth extraction needed?

There are many reasons why Dr. Lockwood may recommend tooth extraction in Kenai, Alaska. A patient with a crowded mouth may not have room for new teeth to grow in properly. Our dentist may recommend extraction to avoid complications. If a tooth becomes trapped, or impacted, between the jawbone and the gums, our dentist may pull it to avoid infection and damage to the surrounding teeth. Our dentist can extract even complex impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth. If a tooth has decay that is too extensive to be treated with root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary. If a patient has a compromised immune system, even the risk of infection is reason to pull a tooth. When gingivitis causes the loosening of one or more teeth, our dentists may need to extract them.

What should I do after extraction?

Our dentist will send you home to recover after extraction. Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for a few days. To make your recovery as comfortable as possible, take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist. Also, follow any advice they give you as this will reduce the risk of infection and speed your recovery.

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact Kenai Dental Clinic today.