Tooth Extractions – Pittsburgh, PA
Preserving the Health of Your Smile
Our team understands how scary it can be hearing that you need a tooth extraction in Pittsburgh. That’s why we’ll remain by your side along every step of the way, so you know exactly what to expect. We only recommend this treatment when we’ve exhausted all of our other treatment options to preserve the health of your mouth, because we always choose to treat and keep a natural tooth over extracting it whenever possible. Dr. Dan Rairigh, your dentist in Pittsburgh, has completed advanced training in sedation, so he focuses on providing each patient who is having an extraction with a relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free experience.
Signs a Tooth Extraction is Needed
A patient can need a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons and can experience several different symptoms before they decide to finally reach out to us. By the time someone requires this treatment, it’s important to act fast, to preserve remaining natural teeth and prevent the issue from spreading. Here are some problems that may need to be treated with a tooth extraction:
- You have a severe toothache.
- Your tooth is visibly damaged or decayed, and a filling won’t be able to repair it.
- You have a tooth infection and a root canal wasn’t able to cure it.
- Your teeth are crowded and there’s not enough room in your mouth to receive braces to align them.
- You have impacted teeth that won’t be able to healthily grow in.
- You have gum disease, and as a result, a tooth is loose.
At the first sight of any of these issues, it’s important to contact our office right away. We’ll provide you with a thorough examination to learn what issues you’re battling with and determine whether an extraction is the best course of action.
Types of Tooth Extractions
When you get to our office, we’ll conduct a visual examination as well as take X-ray images of your mouth if necessary. After we diagnose the problem, we’ll suggest one of the following tooth extraction plans.
Some people don’t have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars. As they continue to grow, it can cause them to become stuck underneath the surface of the gums, increasing the risk of oral health problems such as misalignment, decay, and infection. As a preventive measure, we’ll often remove them before they begin to cause issues in your mouth.
Patients who have suffered from dental trauma, severe decay, or even have certain genetic factors may require a multiple tooth extraction. In these cases, Dr. Rairigh will discuss the treatment with you as well as any restorative options to replace the gaps in your smile, such as dental implants or a fixed bridge.
Tips for a Fast Recovery
Following your procedure, we’ll provide you with some detailed post-operative care instructions to make sure that your mouth heals quickly and you experience minimal discomfort. We may recommend to:
- Rest for a couple of days.
- Eat a diet of soft food and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where your extraction site is located.
- Don’t drink from a straw.
- Place a cold compress on your face to minimize swelling.
- Continue following your dental hygiene routine.
- Take any medications as instructed to ease any discomfort.
If you have any questions following your procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Our team will be more than happy to provide you with additional tips and information to make sure you remain comfortable and heal without any complications.