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Tooth Extractions – Lawrence, KS

Removing One Tooth
to Save the Rest

At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, we will do all we can to treat your teeth and remedy any dental maladies. In cases that require extractions, we will ensure the procedure is done with the utmost care, minimizing your discomfort, and maximizing your well-being. Our dentists have the necessary skills and experience to perform tooth extractions in Lawrence, KS.

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Why Choose Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence for Tooth Extractions?

About Tooth Extractions

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When a tooth is broken, cracked, or extensively decayed, it may be necessary to remove it. Other common reasons for extractions include creating space in the mouth in preparation for orthodontics or remedying excessive crowding when a tooth is unable to break through the gums. Likewise, a tooth with advanced stages of periodontal disease should be removed, as well as teeth that are poorly positioned or non-functional.

Because we are concerned about your long-term dental health, we typically recommend a replacement for an extracted tooth. Not replacing missing teeth may cause extra strain on surrounding teeth. This can create a snowball effect, causing undue damage to remaining teeth. Therefore, we often advise replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Surgical Dentistry

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At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, our dentists have pursued and undergone extensive training. As a result, we provide the Lawrence, Kansas and Douglas County area with the highest quality specialized surgical dentistry and tooth extractions. We provide baby teeth extractions for our pediatric patients, third molar extractions, and everything in between. We accomplish all of this by utilizing the most up-to-date instruments and techniques to minimize discomfort for our patients.

Though it seems odd to call a tooth removal an atraumatic extraction, this is the term for the techniques we use. Essentially, this means we use the newest state-of-the-art instruments with updated metallurgy to remove teeth without damaging the bone around the extraction site. This results in faster healing and bone preservation, allowing for future implant placement if needed.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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Between the ages of 17 and 25, your wisdom teeth (if you have any) should start to come in. These teeth are unnecessary for a functional smile, and they often need to be removed because of the damage they can cause to the rest of your teeth (which is usually a consequence of there not being enough room for them in the mouth). If there’s a young adult in your family who has not had their wisdom teeth removed yet, we’ll monitor their situation closely and let you know when action needs to be taken.

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Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Want to know more about tooth extractions in Lawrence? Getting a tooth removed can seem a bit scary, but we are here to help! Calm your nerves by reading the answers to some frequently asked questions about tooth extractions below. If you want to know even more, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

What’s the Difference Between Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Tooth extractions and wisdom tooth surgery both involve pulling a tooth. However, there are important differences between the two procedures. One of the biggest (and most obvious) differences is that while wisdom tooth surgery is designed to remove the third and final set of molars, tooth extractions can remove any tooth that is severely damaged or causing overcrowding. Another difference is that wisdom tooth extractions are often a surgical procedure, since the third molars may be impacted or below the gumline.  

What Risks Are Involved with Tooth Extractions?

Fortunately, tooth extractions in Lawrence are considered to be extremely safe. With that being said, any oral surgery comes with some risks. With tooth extractions, the primary risk is infection, which can spread throughout your body if it isn’t handled swiftly. Another risk is dry socket, which occurs when a blood clot over the extraction site becomes dislodged. Dry socket can be painful and delay the recovery process significantly. To prevent infection, dry socket, and other issues, your dentist will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions, as well as a few common symptoms of infection to look out for.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

You may be tempted to avoid replacing a missing tooth if the empty space leftover is in the back of your mouth. After all, if no one can see it, why replace it? However, missing even one tooth can contribute to a bunch of problems. For instance, you may find that you have trouble pronouncing certain words or chewing on healthy foods. For these reasons and more, we recommend that once you are done healing, you schedule an appointment at our office to find a tooth replacement option that works for you.

Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?

We strongly recommend that you avoid smoking for at least five days after getting a tooth removed. If you can, abstaining from all tobacco products for two weeks is ideal. Cigars, cigarettes, and even e-cigarettes can delay the healing process. If you’ve had difficulty quitting in the past, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist in Lawrence. They aren’t interested in passing judgment; they just want to know so they can help you prepare in advance.

What Should I Do After My Tooth Extraction?

After getting a tooth removed, it’s important to return home and rest. Your body needs to heal and recover from the extraction procedure. Avoid strenuous activities, like working out, for the first 24 hours. To prevent dry socket, make sure to keep the gauze pad in place as instructed, stay hydrated, and avoid using a straw or spitting. In addition, you will need to adjust your diet and eat only soft foods, at least initially. Yogurt, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, and room-temperature soups, for example, are all safe to eat during this period. If you experience any swelling or discomfort, use a cold compress to number the area. You can also take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication as instructed by your dentist.

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