A tooth extraction may be necessary for several reasons including overcrowding, infection, and severe damage. Considered the treatment of last resort, Dr. Reid will recommend an extraction when it is in the best interest of your overall dental health.
Dr. Reid performs tooth extraction at Tahoe Dental Artistry in Truckee, CA, in the comfort of his spa-like dentist office. He offers relaxation and sedation options to help you feel completely relaxed during the procedure.
Tooth Extractions: What To Expect
Dr. Reid will discuss all aspects of your tooth extraction, including appropriate teeth replacement options when necessary. You may receive a dose of antibiotics prior to your procedure to avoid infection and will be given post care instructions to minimize any pain, swelling or bleeding you may experience.
Over the counter pain relievers and cold compresses on the exterior of the cheek are typically sufficient and will promote healing. It is recommended that patients avoid smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws for a period of time after the extraction to allow the tissues to heal and avoid infection.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Dr. Reid will monitor the development of wisdom teeth in young adult patients and make the recommendation for extraction when deemed necessary for long term dental health. In most cases, the wisdom teeth affect neighboring teeth and cause bite problems when teeth become too crowded. For lifelong dental health and to avoid having teeth shift, the wisdom teeth are removed after they have erupted.
If impacted wisdom teeth in an adult patient have become infected, common signs and symptoms are swelling, pain and infection.
Dr. Reid may remove your wisdom teeth in his Truckee dentist office, but in situations where teeth are impacted and affecting the bone you may be referred to a local oral surgeon for care.
Teeth Replacement Options
After your tooth or teeth have been extracted, we recommend you replace them as soon as possible. Dr. Reid offers many options to replace your teeth with, depending on the location and how many teeth have been removed.
- Dental Bridge – A removable dental bridge is used when a patient is missing one or two consecutive teeth and will attach to the two natural adjacent teeth.
- Dentures and Partials – A full denture is a removable dental restoration used to replace an entire arch of teeth on the top or bottom jaw. A partial denture is a removable restoration used to replace several missing teeth. It will literally fill in the gaps in your smile.
- Implant Supported Dental Crown – This is what Dr. Reid will recommend when a patient has a single tooth extracted. It involves a single implant surgically placed in the jaw bone to replace the tooth root with a dental crown attached to it.
- Implant Supported Dental Bridge – This restoration is used to replace several consecutive missing teeth. It involves two dental implants being surgically placed on either side of the gap with the dental bridge attached to them.
- Implant Supported Denture – If a patient is unfortunate enough to need all their teeth extracted, a denture implant is the best option to replace them. As few as four dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone with the denture attached to them.