Tooth Extractions – Hampton, NH
Safe, Effective, and Comfortable Tooth Removal
Problematic teeth can cause more than just pain. A badly damaged or decayed tooth can harm neighboring teeth and lead to even bigger problems later down the road. While no one wants to lose a tooth, sometimes extraction is the best option to protect your oral health. Once treatment is complete, we can discuss your future tooth replacement options so you can recover a complete smile as quickly as possible.
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
Before recommending an extraction, Dr. Ravi will first consider all other options for saving your natural tooth. If your tooth can be saved or repaired, she will likely recommend a dental crown, root canal therapy, other restorative treatment. However, you may benefit from a tooth extraction in Hampton if you have:
- Severe damage or tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Dental infection that could spread to other teeth
- An impacted wisdom tooth
- An overcrowded smile that prevents orthodontic treatment
- Plans to obtain a denture and need to remove last remaining teeth
The Process of Removing a Tooth
There are two primary methods for tooth extractions in Hampton:
- Simple extraction – Ravi will likely perform a simple extraction if your tooth has fully emerged from the gums. After first numbing your mouth, she will use forceps to grab and gently rock your tooth back and forth. The tooth will naturally separate from the gum tissue.
- Surgical extraction – Impacted teeth typically must be removed through surgical extraction. In this case, Dr. Ravi will first make a small incision in the gums to reveal more of the tooth. Next, she will likely cut the tooth into smaller pieces and remove them one by one.
The only way to find out which extraction method is right for you is to visit our office for a consultation. Dr. Ravi will carefully examine your mouth to understand your unique situation. Our team will then create a custom extraction plan to remove your compromised tooth and relieve your pain. We will also discuss different options for replacing your tooth after it has been extracted.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Dr. Ravi will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions to ensure you recover swiftly and comfortably after getting a tooth removed. Common aftercare tips include:
- Take over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as directed by your dentist in Hampton.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water.
- Keep your mouth clean by brushing and flossing carefully and rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash gently. Instead of spitting, let the mouthwash gently spill out of your mouth and into the sink.
- Avoid eating hard, crunchy, sticky, sour, and spicy foods for around one week.
- Avoid drinking through a straw, as doing so could dislodge the protective blood clot that forms over the extraction site.
- Do not smoke, chew, or vape tobacco.
You may experience swelling or light bleeding immediately after getting your tooth removed. You can manage any mild discomfort by taking pain medication as directed or applying an ice pack to your cheek for 15 minutes at a time. If your pain doesn’t go away after a couple days or gets worse, contact our office right away.