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Tooth Extractions
Lafayette and Opelousas, LA


Tooth extraction diagram from Oral and Facial Surgery Center.Tooth extraction means having a tooth removed from its socket in the jawbone. Unfortunately, tooth extraction can be necessary sometimes. At Oral and Facial Surgery Center, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ardoin can remove your problematic tooth in a pain-free way.

Reasons for Extracting a Tooth


Although our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are several reasons why sometimes we have to resort to tooth extraction. Some of the reasons are:
•  Tooth Decay: If the tooth decay or damage is so severe that it extends to the pulp, bacteria can enter inside your tooth, leading to severe infection. Most of the time, this can be fixed with a root canal treatment; however, if the tooth is so damaged that it cannot support a crown, it may need to be extracted.
•  Crowded Mouth: If you have a crowded mouth and overlapping teeth, we may need to perform a tooth extraction to make space in your mouth. This can help in properly aligning your teeth with the help of orthodontics treatment.
•  Retained Baby Teeth: Sometimes, baby teeth don’t fall out on their own. This can happen if the permanent tooth starts to grow behind or in front of the baby tooth, missing its root. To ensure that the permanent tooth grows properly, the retained baby tooth should be extracted.
•  Periodontal Disease: If you suffer from advanced periodontitis, your gums will have withdrawn from your teeth, leaving large pockets. These pockets get invaded with bacteria, which damage the tooth. In this case, it may become necessary to extract your tooth.
•  Risk of Infection: People who have had an organ transplant or chemotherapy have compromised immune systems. Such people have a high risk of infection, and infected teeth may need to be extracted.
•  Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Most wisdom teeth are impacted and often grow at awkward angles. These teeth can damage the teeth next to them and cause severe pain. Problematic wisdom teeth need to be extracted.

Types of Tooth Extraction


There are two types of extraction: simple extractions and surgical extractions.

Simple Extraction


A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that has properly erupted and is visible in the mouth. We typically numb the patient with a local anesthetic before extraction. An instrument called the elevator is used to loosen the tooth and forceps are used to pull it out from the socket.

Surgical Extraction


A surgical extraction is performed on a tooth that has not yet erupted or breaks off at the gum line. For this procedure, we may give you an intravenous anesthetic, in addition to a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, we will make a small incision on your gums to expose the tooth. We may also remove some hard tissue surrounding the tooth for better access. Your tooth may need to be split into two or more parts for easy removal, and your wound may require stitches. A surgical extraction is more painful than a simple extraction.

You should not feel any pain during either of the procedures, though some pressure is expected. If you do feel pain, let us know immediately, so that we can give you more anesthetic.

When to Call Us


After your anesthesia wears off, you will feel some pain, bleeding, and swelling in your mouth. For simple extraction, this can be resolved in as little as 24 hours. For surgical extraction, it may take more than three days for your mouth to become completely pain-free.

However, if after four hours, you still experience severe pain or prolonged bleeding, call us at 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location for an urgent appointment.


Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm



Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm


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