Tooth Extractions For Pain Management
The presence of dental pain can be quite uncomfortable, and it is understandable to want to treat it as quickly as possible when it does arise. However, there is oftentimes no one, single root cause for dental pain. It can arise from a number of causes, such as an infection or even injury to the affected tooth. If you have been struggling with dental pain, we want to help you here at Smiles of Tulsa to better understand not only what is causing it, but also how to get rid of it completely.
What Are Common Causes of Tooth Pain?
Because there are so many different reasons that dental pain can arise, it is important to get a proper diagnosis from our professionals before proceeding with any particular treatment option. However, some of the more common causes of tooth pain can include an infection, tooth decay, a broken or damaged tooth, or even overcrowding. The exact cause of the pain itself will determine our recommended treatment.
If it turns out that you do have any of these issues, then we may advise a dental extraction. While we will typically strive to preserve the tooth, sometimes the damage can be so severe that there is no other viable treatment alternative. For instance, if you have tooth decay, we may advise a filling or a crown to treat it. If the decay is too advanced, though, the only available recourse will be an extraction.
Conversely, if you have overcrowding in your mouth, we may recommend a dental extraction to prepare you for possible orthodontic treatment. If there is an infection present, we may advise to treat it first with antibiotics. If the tooth root has been too severely affected, though, it may be dangerous to keep the tooth. In these instances, then we may remove it altogether. Regardless, though, it is important to schedule an appointment with us to best determine if an extraction is ideal for your unique case.
What To Expect During a Dental Extraction
Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us during your dental extraction. Typically, we will start with a local anesthetic to help reduce any possible discomfort during the extraction. Some cases, however, may be more complex and we may recommend general anesthesia. Most of the time, a simple extraction should be sufficient. If it turns out your tooth is impacted or has broken beneath the gum line, we may need to surgically extract it.
Following the extraction, we will provide you with all of the necessary information to make sure your recovery goes smoothly. We may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics. There may also be aftercare recommendations to minimize the risk of complications. If the pain persists following your extraction, though, a follow-up appointment may be necessary to treat it.
If you are interested in learning more about your treatment options for dental pain, Smiles of Tulsa is here to help. To reach out to our team of professionals, please do not hesitate to contact us today by calling us here at (918) 891-3059.