When you have a tooth that is hurting, sometimes it needs to be pulled or extracted. Whether you have an infection, decay, or if your tooth has been damaged in some way, our team understands when a tooth can be repaired and when it needs to be extracted. We have experience in helping our patients through the process in a way that reduces pain and gets you the results you want.
There are several reasons to extract a tooth. Rest assured that at Columbia Dental Health Clinic, we will only recommend simple dental extraction if we think it’s the best option for you. A tooth that can’t recover from a severe infection or decay will need to be extracted. Leaving a decayed or infected tooth in the mouth can lead to infections in nearby teeth and distant parts of the body.
Following dental trauma, we might recommend a simple extraction if the tooth can’t be salvaged. It can be better to remove a tooth at the dentist’s office than to wait for it to fall on its own. Extraction can promote healthier healing.
We understand that patients worry about recovering from dental extractions. One of our priorities is to keep you comfortable and to make sure your recovery is as smooth as possible. This will include minimizing discomfort using mild painkillers and controlling swelling. To limit swelling, you can apply ice to the outside of your face intermittently for a few hours.
Patients should avoid using a straw or performing any suctioning with their mouths after the procedure. Suction can dislodge the clot, which will prolong bleeding. We will also let you know what to eat and drink the first few hours and days and when you can go back to your regular diet.
We have a variety of appointments available and accept most private and government insurance plans (including Medicaid). We also have a variety of helpful financing options available.
Don’t continue putting up with the pain of a decaying or injured tooth. Contact us at Columbia Dental Health Clinic today.