Tooth extractions are general dental procedures that may be needed to remove severely damaged or decayed teeth. If there are overcrowded or extra teeth, they may be removed to improve tooth alignment. Dr. Gray Bailey offers tooth extractions in Prairieville, LA. If you or your child have impacted wisdom teeth or pain caused by soon-to-be-emerging wisdom teeth, Dr. Bailey can help. He will take digital x-rays to create a comprehensive treatment plan.
Tooth Extractions in Prairieville, LA
We typically use a local anesthetic during tooth extractions. To perform a simple tooth extraction, Dr. Bailey wiggles the tooth back and forth until it is released. Then, he cleans the gums and sutures the socket to avoid infection. After the tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms over the socket. This stops the bleeding and begins the healing process.
A small amount of bleeding is normal because the socket is packed with gauze. You may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Take pain medications as prescribes and apply a cold compress to the area to keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually begin to erupt when patients are in their late teens or early 20’s. Some patients may have no problems with their wisdom teeth, but even before they emerge, patients can notice pain where the wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth.
When wisdom teeth become impacted, they need to be removed. Impaction occurs when a wisdom tooth can only partially come into the mouth, or erupt. If wisdom teeth are not in proper alignment, they can damage adjacent teeth and cause discomfort. Dr. Bailey can remove the wisdom teeth before they even erupt. Removing the wisdom teeth can help avoid complications such as tooth pain, cysts, tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth overcrowding.
Request a Dental Consultation
Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? Are your teeth overcrowded? Call Absolute Quality Care Family Dentistry at 225.452.4666. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bailey and his dental team online.