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Tooth Extractions in Ballwin MO
While the desire to preserve your teeth is natural and entirely understandable, severe cases of decay or infection often only have one solution, and it comes in the form of tooth extractions. It’s a reality nobody wants to face but, if your tooth is causing significant pain or even beginning to impact the teeth around it, then there really is no other option. Luckily, you will still have one all-important option, and that comes in choosing the best possible professional for the job.
With over 24 years of experience, Dr. Kevin F. Postol
has extensive experience in tooth extractions and everything that goes alongside them. What’s more, his focus on putting patient relationships at the forefront ensures that you can develop the trusting relationship necessary to keep you at ease and in the least possible discomfort throughout.
If you think you require this treatment, then speed is of the essence for ensuring effective treatment. But, what exactly do tooth extractions entail?
Why are tooth extractions necessary?
In an ideal world, tooth extractions would never be necessary, and Dr. Postol would be able to begin preventative treatments such as root canals
long before tooth extraction is on the table. Unfortunately, left unchecked, even previously treatable problems such as infections can become out of control. When this happens, Dr. Postol will have little choice but to recommend an extraction that can at least remove the infection and save any surrounding teeth.
There’s no denying that this is one of the most invasive dental procedures, but the thing to remember is that, in severe cases, it is the best option. Certainly, tooth extractions tend to be the only viable options in cases where:
Severe damage has occurred that even root canal treatment couldn’t address
Infection has gotten into the pulp of a tooth
An extra tooth is blocking others from growing
You’re getting braces and need to make room
Gum disease has become so severe that tooth removal is necessary
Improper tooth growth looks set to lead to complications
In cases of damage and infection, Dr. Postol will most definitely look at alternatives such as root canal treatment and dental crowns. However, in extreme cases, even these solutions will fail to remove infection or reduce pain, meaning that extraction is the only next step available.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
Often, not knowing what to expect makes a procedure seem far worse than it is, so you may prefer to understand a little of the tooth extraction process beforehand. Obviously, the main aim here is to remove the offending tooth, but few patients understand the technicalities that make that possible.
In reality, extraction is not a decision that’s taken lightly. Rather, Dr. Postol will work closely with you throughout your appointments to understand your situation and talk through your options. During an initial consultation, he will look at your medical history and take x-rays. If he deems extraction necessary, he’ll then talk you through a treatment plan which will includes one of two types of extraction, which are –
Simple tooth extraction - In this instance, you will be given a local anaesthetic at the beginning of the procedure. An elevator will then be used to loosen the tooth before removal with forceps. You’ll feel pressure throughout, but your discomfort shouldn’t be any more severe than that.
Surgical tooth extraction - In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary, especially if bone must be removed to enable extraction. During this procedure, you will be given both a local and intravenous anaesthetic to help you stay calm. In extreme cases, general anaesthetic may also be used.
Regardless of the most appropriate treatment, Dr. Postol will do his utmost to ensure your comfort. If you’re one of the 30-40 million patients who experience severe anxiety surrounding treatments like this, then please make your concerns known so that we can discuss our relaxation dentistry
options to ensure the least amount of distress possible.
What happens after an extraction?
Many patients also wonder what happens after extraction, particularly given that aftercare plays a huge part in how well the extraction site heals. The good news is that recovery from even surgical extractions need not be complicated if you follow Dr. Postol’s advice.
For one thing, patients are advised to relax as much as possible for two to three days after extraction to allow the wound to clot and begin healing. Other recovery advice that patients should adhere to includes:
Avoiding solid foods
Abstaining from smoking
Avoiding rinsing or spitting
Drinking from a straw
Numbness and slight discomfort are expected, so painkillers may be given to help with your recovery. If you follow this advice, the extraction site should be fully healed within 3-4 weeks, though you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Dr. Postol if you notice any signs of infection including worsening pain, a foul smell, fever, or bleeding that lasts for longer than 24 hours.
Treatment options after tooth extraction
In some instances, patients are also keen to seek treatment to address gaps left by visible tooth extraction. Luckily, there is a range of options that can help to restore your smile, ensure your ability to eat, and even improve the health of teeth around the extraction site.
are a popular option for filling holes left by extraction, as are fixed bridges
. While most treatments of this kind do require complete healing beforehand, don’t hesitate to discuss these solutions with Dr. Postol either before or after your extraction appointment.
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Every single one of our patients is of great value and importance and that’s why our small health-orientated team aims to provide maximum health, comfort, function and aesthetic at minimal stress and expense to you. If you suspect that you need a tooth extraction, time is of the essence for reducing your pain and removing infection fast. Don’t hesitate to contact us
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