Tooth Extractions in Akron

You and Dr. Marshall or Dr. Marshall may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Marshall or Marshall will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as the replacement of the extracted tooth.

The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process, you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.

Tooth Extraction FAQ

When do teeth need to be pulled?

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. Oftentimes, a deep cavity, crack, or incorrect positioning of a tooth is the reason that your dentist may recommend extraction of a tooth.

When a tooth can no longer be restored with a filling or root canal, extraction is recommended to prevent further damage in the area. Many times the tooth may not be hurting or causing any symptoms, but leaving the tooth in place places the patient at risk of a dental infection.

Is tooth extraction painful?

Tooth extraction can be completed under sedation or with only local anesthesia. With sedation, the patient is not awake for the injections or numbing shots. Some patients prefer to have extractions completed with only numbing shots. All extractions are completed with the area numb so the patient does not feel pain during the procedure.

What are the most common complications after tooth extraction?

After the extraction of a tooth, discomfort can be expected in the area as it heals. Most patients are able to experience relief with the use of ibuprofen and Tylenol, while other patients may use prescription pain medication.

How long does it take for a tooth extraction to heal?

Every extraction and patient is different. Healing time depends on the procedure that was performed, the patient’s age, and their current health status.

What can I eat after tooth extraction?

Most patients will be able to eat immediately after having a dental extraction. We recommend starting with a soft diet, or anything that you can push a fork through. After that, patients are able to advance their diet back to normal based on how they feel.

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