Gentle Tooth Extractions in Henderson, NV
Safe Tooth Removal
At Green Valley Dental Center, we try to save as many natural teeth as possible𑁋but if a tooth is damaged beyond repair, we may recommend a tooth extraction. Removing the tooth will help prevent damage to the adjacent teeth and important anatomical structures.
Dr. Dadon-Harris uses great caution and skill when performing surgical procedures to ensure your experience is as safe and pain-free as possible. Learn more about this procedure and when you may need one by reading our helpful guide below.
When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary
Removing a tooth may be necessary to preserve your oral health. Dr. Dadon-Harris will likely recommend tooth extraction if you have:
- Severely Overcrowded Teeth: Overcrowded teeth make cause alignment issues. Removing a tooth will make room for the other teeth to become properly aligned.
- Periodontal Disease: Also known as gum disease, this condition deteriorates teeth and often results in them falling out. Teeth impacted by this disease may need to be removed.
- Infected or Decayed Teeth: Removing teeth that are infected or decayed down to the root will prevent the spread of infection-causing bacteria.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Also known as general extractions, simple extractions are performed on visible teeth that have erupted from the gums. This uncomplicated procedure begins with the application of a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, ensuring a pain-free experience.
Dr. Dadon-Harris will then gently remove the targeted tooth. She will then apply gauze, and if necessary, sutures to assist the area in the healing process.
Surgical extractions may be warranted if the tooth is severely decayed or broken. If diagnosed as the best option, the tooth may be sectioned in order to be delivered safely and painlessly.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
While every person heals differently, it generally takes about two weeks for people to fully heal as if nothing ever happened. That being said, it is rare that people have to miss any work or scheduled activities and they typically resume their normal schedule the following day.
Following Dr. Harris’s instructions is essential to healing properly, alleviating pain, and preventing infection. Some instructions you might be given include:
- Take prescribed medications as needed
- Apply a cold compress to your cheeks to minimize swelling
- Avoid rinsing, drinking alcohol, smoking, spitting, or using a straw for 72 hours
- Limit strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 24 hours
- Avoid sharp/crunch foods like chips, nuts, and crackers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, tooth extractions are short procedures that can be completed in just one visit to our Henderson office.
If you require multiple teeth removed, you may need additional visits. The exact time it takes to remove your tooth depends on your personalized treatment plan. Dr. Harris will give you an accurate time frame during your initial consultation.
Dr. Harris will provide you with anesthetic and dental sedation to ensure you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. These methods are safe and effective, and a member of our dental team will be with you to ensure you remain comfortable.
You may experience mild discomfort after the numbness fades, but nothing over the counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen can’t fix.
Depending on the intrusiveness of the procedure, you may be cleared to eat a few hours after the extraction (once the numbness wears away). However, for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, you should try to eat soft or liquid foods. This includes but isn’t limited to:
- Juices and smoothies
- Yogurt and pudding
- Mashed potatoes
- Soups and broth
- Scrambled eggs
Avoid eating solid, hard, or spicy foods during this time, as they may irritate the extraction site. Follow any instructions Dr. Harris gives you in regards to recovery, and feel free to contact us at (702) 896-8933 if you have any questions or concerns.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have persistent toothaches, overcrowded teeth, or damaged or decayed teeth, tooth extraction may be the ideal solution for you. Dr. Dadon-Harris will be able to determine if the tooth can be saved or requires removal.
To schedule an appointment, contact our Henderson office at (702) 896-8933 or fill out an online contact form and a team member will be in touch with you shortly.