When a tooth is too badly damaged by trauma or decay to be repaired, Dr. Robert P. Sherman may recommend tooth extraction in Leawood, Kansas. Tooth extraction means having a tooth pulled by our dentist. If your mouth is being prepared for orthodontia to align the teeth properly, our dentist may pull a tooth. If your teeth are too big for your mouth, tooth extraction may be necessary to allow your teeth to realign. Sometimes, a patient’s teeth are too crowded to allow a tooth to break through the gums. If this occurs, our dentist may recommend extraction. If one of your teeth has extensive damage that reaches the pulp but is too severe to be treated by root canal therapy, extraction will be performed to prevent the infection from spreading. When a patient’s immune system has been compromised because of a medical procedure like chemotherapy, the risk of infection is cause enough for extraction. If gum disease has caused your teeth to loosen, our dentist may pull a tooth.
After having a tooth extracted, follow our dentist’s instructions. Take painkillers as prescribed, relax for at least 24 hours, apply ice to the area to keep down swelling, and eat soft foods for the first 24 hours. To learn more about tooth extraction and to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!