Tooth Extractions in Birmingham, MI
No More Toothaches: Tooth Extractions with Dr. Saad
At Saad Oral Health & Beauty, we understand that the thought of having a tooth extraction can be intimidating. With Dr. Ali Saad at the helm, our team is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our patients to ensure the best results for their smiles.
Our dentist in Birmingham, MI, has the knowledge and experience to make your tooth extraction as pain-free and low-stress as possible. Whether you need a wisdom tooth removed or a decayed extracted, know that you’re in capable hands with our caring team of dental professionals.
What are tooth extractions
A tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Our Birmingham, MI, dentist will always prioritize your comfort and safety during treatment. Rest assured, we can remove your tooth with little to no pain and replace it with a natural-looking restoration such as a dental implant.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two main types of tooth extractions:
- Simple Extractions: These non-surgical procedures remove visible and easily accessible teeth, such as a tooth that has already broken through the gum line. Dr. Saad will use a pair of dental forceps to gently loosen the tooth and remove it from the socket.
Surgical Extractions: Also known as complex extractions, these procedures remove teeth that aren’t easily accessible, such as impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that are trapped below the gum line. During a surgical extraction, Dr. Saad will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and then remove it using special tools.
Signs You Need a Tooth Extraction
Some signs that you may need a tooth extraction include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Crowded or damaged teeth
- Tooth infected with gum disease
- Infected or decayed tooth
- Tooth is causing pain or discomfort
- Tooth has become loose or is no longer functional
It’s always best to consult with Dr. Saad to determine the best course of action for your oral health. Though we’ll always do our best to avoid removing a tooth, there are some situations where it’s necessary. If you have a tooth that’s severely damaged or decayed to the point that it’s threatening your entire smile, tooth extraction is likely the best option for preserving your oral health.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extractions, whether simple or surgical, are typically performed with local anesthesia to ensure the surgical site is numb and that you feel no discomfort.
If the patient is having a simple extraction, Dr. Saad will use dental forceps to gently loosen the tooth and remove it from the socket. Afterward, the socket will be packed with gauze to stop any bleeding, and the patient will be instructed to apply pressure on their teeth to help it stay in place.
If the patient is having a surgical extraction, our general dentist will use special dental tools to access and remove the impacted or wisdom tooth. The tooth may be removed in pieces if it’s too large to be extracted whole. After the extraction, Dr. Saad will stitch the incision closed and place a gauze pad over the site to stop any bleeding.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Regardless of the type of extraction, it’s important for the patient to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your dentist. This will help ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. Common tips patients should be mindful of include the following:
- Avoiding brushing the surgical spot for at least 24 hours
- Avoiding hot, crunchy, and tough foods for at least 24 hours
- Avoid strenuous physical activity in the first few days after extraction
Frequently Asked Questions
Is tooth extraction painful?
Not at all. Tooth extractions can be uncomfortable, but they are typically not painful. That’s because patients are given local anesthesia to numb the area around the extraction site, so they won’t feel any pain during the procedure. While it’s common to experience some form of discomfort afterward, this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How long does tooth extraction take?
Tooth extraction is a short procedure that’s typically completed in one appointment. Generally, the procedure takes about one hour for a single tooth. If you’re having multiple teeth removed, your treatment time may be longer or require additional appointments. Your dentist will give you an accurate estimate as to how long your extraction will be during your consultation.
How long after tooth extraction can I eat?
After undergoing a tooth extraction, you should be able to eat in about an hour. However, make sure to limit your meals to soft foods for at least 24 hours while your mouth heals. Otherwise, the empty tooth socket may become infected and result in painful symptoms.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The recovery time for tooth extraction can vary depending on several factors, including the type of extraction, the patient’s overall health, and the speed of their healing. In general, patients can expect to experience mild swelling, tenderness, and discomfort around the extraction site for the first few days. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days.
Visit Birmingham’s Top Dentist for Tooth Extractions
Don’t let tooth pain or discomfort hold you back any longer. Visit Dr. Saad today and find out if a tooth extraction is an ideal solution for you. With a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere as well as state-of-the-art technology, Saad Oral Health & Beauty is the perfect place to receive the dental care you need.
Contact our Birmingham, MI, dental office to schedule an appointment at 248-646-3515. You can also book a consultation online by filling out our convenient contact form. We welcome patients in Berkley, Beverly Hills, and Pontiac.