In the medical world, we sometimes need to take a more proactive approach to your care in order for a better overall healing process. When it comes to dentistry, there are few steps that can be as intense as exodontia, or commonly known as tooth extractions.
However, at our office, you can get peace of mind with all of our services, even treatments that require a tooth extraction. Why? Because at the practice of Dr. Mark A. Miely, DDS, our dedicated team of dental professionals have decades of experience to ensure you have the most comfortable and compassionate procedures possible!
We even offer sedation dentistry options, making sure you can relax and focus solely on recovery and enjoying your new smile. To learn how to discover your consultation, contact our office over the phone, email, or online.
What Is Exodontia?
Exodontia is simply the medical term for removing a tooth, though
dental avulsion, tooth extraction, and tooth pulling are also used depending on the context or method. While it seems counterintuitive, a tooth extraction can be an important procedure that removes a problematic tooth to protect the rest of your smile.
For example, if a tooth has been extensively damaged by decay or trauma, there is a possibility it cannot be saved. Since our teeth have living tissue inside them, this can become hazardous and tooth removal is necessary to avoid illness.
However, many may also find themselves needing a tooth extraction for orthodontic reasons. By the time we reach our early twenties, our final set of molars is coming in and tooth extractions (especially wisdom tooth extractions) can eliminate issues such as:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Risk of infection
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out
With tooth extraction, we can potentially prevent:
- Shifting teeth and a crooked smile
- Spreading infection
- Tooth pain and sensitivity
- An Aesthetically displeasing smile
Preparing for Your Tooth Extraction
If you are preparing for a tooth removal with Dr. Miely, there is no need to worry. Patient comfort is a top priority at our dentist’s office in Upper Arlington. We use local anesthesia and may offer sedation dentistry to ensure a painless process.
Here is what you can expect if get a tooth extraction with Mark. A. Miely, DDS:
- Dr. Miely conducts a thorough assessment of the tooth.
- Your caring dentist will take x-rays and gather the information we may need to extract the tooth properly.
- We will ensure you are relaxed with numbing medicine and sedation if necessary.
- In a simple extraction, Dr. Miely will loosen the tooth with a special tool and then gently pull it out.
- We can even perform tooth extractions combined with bone grafting if necessary so you can have all of your needs met in one place.
Recovering From a Tooth Extraction
Following a successful tooth extraction, it’s important to give the vacant socket time to recover. Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing constantly is counter-productive, instead, a firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
To ensure the proper formation of a blood clot in the socket you should avoid brushing the extraction site and also avoid using straws since they can pull the blood clot out of the socket as it helps the area heal. Lastly, please rinse the area with warm salt water to keep the extraction site clean.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then reappears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is important that you contact us quickly.
Need a Dental Extraction? Don’t Fret—Contact Dr. Miely In Upper Arlington Today!
Dr. Miely always recommends the most conservative procedures possible. We strive to preserve your natural smile before suggesting you have your tooth pulled. No matter how much damage your oral health has suffered, we will find a solution to restore your attractive and healthy smile!
If you need dental care such as wisdom teeth removal or tooth extraction, and are in the Upper Arlington – Hilliard area, you are in the best hands. Your comfort and overall experience matter to us greatly. To schedule an exam or treatment, contact our office today.