Dr. Babb will always try to save your tooth with restorative treatment before suggesting an extraction. However, if your tooth is too severely damaged to be restored by root canal therapy or a crown, a gentle extraction can remove damaged teeth and make room for a natural-looking replacement. Dr. Babb will also perform extractions to remove problematic wisdom teeth.
Before Dr. Babb begins your extraction, he will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. This means that the treatment will be virtually painless! During your treatment, Dr. Babb will gently loosen your tooth using specialized dental tools. An appointment for an extraction usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes.
It isn’t always necessary to remove wisdom teeth. If your third molars grow in without overcrowding the rest of your teeth or becoming impacted and painful, there is no need to have them removed. It’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Babb when your wisdom teeth start to erupt so he can assess their growth and check for any issues. Are your wisdom teeth erupting? Call us today at (318) 704-5757 to schedule an appointment to make sure they are growing in properly.
Recovery after a tooth extraction typically takes a few days. To help minimize pain and avoid infection, make sure you follow all of Dr. Babb’s post-op instructions. Take painkillers as prescribed and relax for 24 hours after your procedure. Eat only soft foods the day after the extraction, then slowly add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.