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Tooth Extractions – Metairie, LA

Protect Your Smile from Badly Damaged Teeth

Female patient smiling after tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

Here at Nelson Dental Care, everything we do is to help our patients maintain healthy natural smiles for the rest of their lives. But while it’s generally better to keep your natural teeth when possible, there are times when it’s simply not the best choice for your health. If Dr. Nelson finds a severely decayed, broken, or infected tooth, he can have quickly and comfortably removed before it leads to any permanent harm to the rest of your smile. Call today if you think you might need tooth extractions in Metairie.

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Man with tooth pain in need of tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

We never make the decision to remove a tooth lightly. We have many options for saving a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth, and we’ll make sure that your fully aware of each and every one of them if there’s any chance that they can be used to save your teeth. Nevertheless, there are still situations where an extraction may be the only real choice for protecting your health and wellbeing long-term. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction are:

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Forceps and extracted tooth on dental tray

When removing a tooth, we’ll select one of two methods. For teeth that are fully emerged above the gum line, we can perform a simple extraction. This involves gently loosening the tooth with a special pair of forceps and an instrument called an elevator until it’s detached from the mouth. In the event that a tooth isn’t fully above the gum line, a surgical extraction is likely needed instead. We’ll open the gums to access the tooth structure, and in some cases, we’ll take the tooth out in sections instead of all at once. Your mouth will be numbed for both kinds of tooth extraction, and you can be sedated if you’re nervous or need help staying still for a long period of time.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman resting at home after tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

After your extraction is finished, we’ll give you some post-op instructions to help with the healing process. In general, you should

Be mindful of your symptoms while you’re recovering. Swelling, discomfort, and light bleeding are nothing unusual immediately following the surgery, but they should get better after a few days. Call us immediately if your symptoms remain the same or even grow worse; we’ll need to examine your mouth to see if any complications have occurred.

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