How Do I Get My Tooth Extracted in Salt Lake City?
To learn more about tooth extraction, or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100.
Tooth Removal Near Me
Have you ever wondered why a dentist might recommend a tooth extraction rather than saving a tooth?
Many people experience a great deal of pain due to excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding. While some teeth can be saved, your oral health may require the removal of one or more teeth. Most teeth, with the exception of heavily impacted wisdom teeth, can be removed by Dr. Scott Elder in his office if you don’t require sedation or general anesthesia.
The Salt Lake Dental Clinic is committed to providing you with total oral care. This includes tooth removal and tooth restorative procedures in addition to traditional dentist services such as cleanings, X-rays, and fillings. Dr. Scott Elder provides tooth extraction for patients who do not need to undergo sedation or general anesthesia.
If you have any questions regarding tooth extraction or if you are having an emergency that requires possible tooth extraction, call us at (801)278-7100.
Here are a few answers to questions you may have about tooth extraction and the services Dr. Elder provides.
What Are Some Of The Reasons I Might Need A Tooth Extraction?
Have you been told you need a tooth extracted?
Gum disease, infections, tooth shifting, tooth decay, and tooth damage are all reasons you might need a tooth extraction, maybe even an emergency tooth extraction.
However, there are other reasons you might need your tooth removed:
- You experience tooth pain
- You are getting braces or orthodontics and you still have baby teeth
- You are getting dentures or implants
- Your tooth has died or you have nerve pain
- You have wisdom teeth that have erupted and need to be removed
To determine if you need a tooth extraction, you will receive a comprehensive assessment including X-Rays.
How To Prepare For A Tooth Extraction?
Learning that you need to have a tooth extraction is never fun. Before you have your tooth removed, there are several very important things that you need to tell your dentist about. Dr. Elder will give you a comprehensive questionnaire that asks some of the following:
- Medications you take, including vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs
- A medical condition that is treated by an intravenous drug called bisphosphonate
- Any medical conditions including heart defects, diabetes, liver, thyroid, or renal disease, hypertension, artificial joints, damaged heart valves, adrenal disease, impaired immune system etc.
You may be asked to take antibiotics prior to your tooth extraction.
Don’t smoke before your extraction.
If you are ill, having nausea, or experiencing COVID symptoms, you may need to reschedule your extraction until your quarantine period ends.
Ask someone to drive you home after your procedure.
Should I See A Dentist Or Oral Surgeon For Tooth Extraction?
Your first visit should be to your dentist who will perform the necessary X-Rays and assess your unique situation. Dr. Elder is able to handle most cases, including very complex cases. If, however, you require the services of an oral surgeon, Dr. Elder will coordinate your care with a team of trusted specialists.
What To Expect During Tooth Extraction
For surgical removal of your wisdom teeth that requires general or sedation anesthesia, discuss the expectations, risks, and your specific requirements with your oral surgeon.
If you are having your tooth removed in Dr. Elder’s office, here’s what you can expect.
- A local anesthetic will be injected into the gum and tissue around the tooth
- If the tooth is still impacted, a small incision may be made in the gum to give access
- The tooth may be broken into smaller pieces for removal
- The tooth may be rocked back and forth to widen the socket and you may feel some pressure
- If you had an incision, dissolving stitches will be placed
- You will be asked to bite down on the gauze for about an hour until a blood clot forms in the socket
- You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent or heal an infection
- You will receive aftercare instructions
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
It’s very important to follow all instructions from your dentist or oral surgeon after your tooth extraction to avoid infection, dry socket, and to reduce the amount of pain you experience. Dry socket is when the blood clot is dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket and causes pain.
Here are the dos and don’ts of tooth extraction.
- Take your medications and antibiotics as prescribed
- Use ice packs on the sides where you had the extraction
- Keep your mouth clean with gentle rinsing with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt 5 or six times a day
- Exercise vigorously
- Drink from a straw
- Rinse your mouth vigorously or brush over the surgical site. (Brushing your other teeth is okay.