Tooth Extractions – Hutchinson, KS

Protecting Your Dental Health From Troublesome Teeth

extractions-1Needing to pull out teeth can often feel daunting or overwhelming, but sometimes this is a necessary treatment. Not only can this alleviate any discomfort you might be feeling from an infected tooth, but you can effectively save your dental health from the spread of disease. While Dr. Grant D. Ringler will only perform this procedure as a last resort, he’ll also thoroughly assess your situation in case the treatment is absolutely necessary for your overall well-being. Read along or give us a call today if you want to learn more about tooth extractions in Hutchinson!

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

extractions-2Although our team will do everything it can to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, sometimes leaving one in isn’t a sustainable option. Here are several reasons why having a tooth extracted may be the best choice for improving your dental health:

  • You have a severely damaged or infected tooth.
  • A tooth is impacted and won’t erupt properly.
  • To make way for orthodontic treatment and maintain a patient’s results.
  • To allow the long-term success of a restoration, such as partial or full dentures.
  • A child has a baby tooth that won’t come out by itself.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

extractions-3Our team will typically remove a tooth by pulling it or through surgical extraction. We can perform the first kind if it’s already fully erupted from your gums. To prepare you, we’ll numb the area where your tooth is to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure. Then, Dr. Ringler will use a clasping tool to wiggle and loosen your tooth until it comes away from the gumline. If this method isn’t possible, then we may recommend surgically removing it. We’ll create a small incision in your gums to give us better access to the entire tooth so we can extract it more efficiently.

The only way to determine which procedure is best for you is by scheduling a consultation with us. We’ll be able to examine your dental situation and discuss a detailed plan for your treatment. Our team will also talk about your restoration options to help prevent further tooth loss and other more serious health issues in your smile.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

extractions-4Once we’ve completed your extraction procedure, we’ll give you a specific set of after-care instructions to keep you and your smile comfortable while you recover. While every treatment is different, here are a few steps that most patients will be recommended to follow:

  • Take over-the-counter or prescribed medications as needed.
  • Avoid foods that are crunchy, hard, and sticky.
  • Rinse your mouth with saltwater 24 hours after your surgery to clean the area.
  • Try not to drink through a straw.
  • Stay clear of tobacco products, as they can interfere with your healing.
  • Get ample rest for the best recovery time.
  • Keep your head elevated during sleep.
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack to decrease any swelling.