Multiple restorative treatments are available to ensure you can avoid losing a tooth completely if it becomes damaged or decayed. However, tooth extraction may be needed if a tooth has become too severely damaged or poses a risk to the teeth around it or your health. Read on to learn more about the signs you can look for and when a tooth should be removed.
Signs a Tooth Needs to Be Extracted
A tooth extraction may be necessary in a variety of situations. These are a few symptoms that are cause for concern and may indicate that a tooth extraction is necessary:
- Bleeding, swelling, or sensitivity (most often occurs with wisdom teeth)
- Pain in the mouth and jaw
- Bad breath likely caused by extensive tooth decay
- The tooth is damaged beyond repair
- A baby tooth that remains long after all others have fallen out
- If space is needed for orthodontic treatment
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned signs or situations, please visit Dr. Louisa Gallegos immediately.
How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction?
To prepare for your tooth extraction, first be sure to ask all questions you may have, such as aftercare, recovery, what to expect from the procedure, and so on. After that, you will have to provide your medical history so they can ensure you are not at risk of infection.
They will also ask you if you would like to be sedated or possibly try nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in order to feel more comfortable during the procedure. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, you will likely not be able to stay awake.
Twelve hours before the surgery, you should stop eating and only consume water after this point. This step is incredibly important as you may become nauseous during or after your extraction. And, if you smoke, you cannot smoke 12 hours before or for 24 hours after.
If you are going to be sedated, arrange for someone to drive you home, as you cannot operate a vehicle.
Book an Appointment Today
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a doctor you can trust. Dr. Louisa Gallegos has a long history of excelling in her academic and professional pursuits and can provide you with outstanding dental care. Contact her office today at (303) 316-4034 or request an appointment online.