If you have a diseased, damaged, or overcrowded tooth, it may need to be removed. Experienced surgeon Dr. Randall Stastny offers expert extractions at Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. to men and women in the Cincinnati area. Call his office or book an appointment online if you think you might need a tooth removed.
Damaged or infected teeth that can’t be fixed with fillings, crowns, or other restorations may need to be removed completely. Dr. Stastny can evaluate your particular condition and help you determine if the tooth can be saved.
Issues that may cause a tooth to need extraction include:
Extractions may be completed in one of two ways. During a simple extraction, a tooth that has erupted and can be seen in the mouth is loosened with a dental tool known as an elevator. Once loose, Dr. Stastny removes the tooth completely using forceps.
Alternatively, you may need a more complex surgical extraction if you have a tooth that’s broken or has not erupted from the gumline. During a surgical extraction, Dr. Stastny creates an incision in your gum to remove the offending tooth.
Your recovery depends on the type of extraction you’ve had. After a simple extraction, you may need over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to decrease pain. If you have soreness in the cheek where the extraction occurred, you may also apply ice packs to the outside of your cheek.
Surgical extractions require a bit more recovery time. You may need prescription pain medication and have notable post-surgical bleeding for about 24 hours. Dr. Stastny might recommend you rinse your mouth with warm salt water about 24 hours post-procedure. Bleeding and swelling should resolve within a couple of days, but you’ll need to watch the area for a few weeks. Avoid hard foods, smoking, and using a straw or spitting. All of these habits can dislodge the blood clot that forms over the open wound where your tooth once was.
If you have a damaged or diseased tooth that needs extraction, call Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. or book an appointment online for the absolute best in oral care.