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At our Acadiana dental office, we believe strongly in educating and empowering our patients to take charge of their own dental care. We encourage and welcome all your questions about our practice, dental procedures, and your treatment.
Please take a moment to browse through this selection of questions we are often asked. If your question isn’t answered here or if you’d like more information, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us online!
At Drs. Smith and Domingue’s office, we make every effort to save your teeth, when possible. Despite our best efforts, it is necessary to extract the occasional tooth. If you have to have a tooth extracted, do not despair. We are experts at tooth replacement therapy and have the skills and expertise to provide you with the best options dentistry has to offer.
Weighing Your Tooth Replacement Options
From bridges to implants, we can help you decide what works best for your lifestyle, budget, and health. In our office, we place and restore implants for our patients. We have performed hundreds of implant procedures successfully. Our patients report being incredibly happy with the results we provide.
If you decide an implant is not right for you, we also create beautiful and functional dental bridges. Dental bridges are a tried and true method to replace missing teeth. Our custom bridges not only look great but are also completely functional, making eating and speaking normally again possible.
Gentle Extractions & Replacements in Lafayette
From your extraction to your tooth replacement care, Drs. Smith and Domingue are your Lafayette, LA dental experts. Their combined skills and experience mean that you have the benefit of the best dentistry available. While a dental extraction is not ideal, we know things sometimes happen and we are here to support you on your road to dental health. Give us a call today if you are in need of a dental exam!
Drs. Smith and Domingue understand that treatment is always your decision to make. They look at their roles as educators but know that your body is your decision. However, it is important to understand that Drs. Smith and Domingue would never recommend a dental extraction unless your tooth was severely compromised either structurally or because of a serious infection.
If you let your tooth go untreated, you could experience serious consequences such as pain and more damage. We have literally seen compromised teeth crumble, causing our patients lost time at work, excruciating pain, and delayed travel plans.
Health Issues from Infected Tooth
When your tooth has a serious infection and you let it go untreated, it can cause a number of systemic problems such as heart disease, stroke, and complications with diabetes. Scientists linked oral infections with systemic health over the last several decades and having an active infection in your mouth literally puts your life at risk.
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We understand that extractions are not something any patient wants to go through, so we encourage you to call us and discuss your concerns. We can help you make the best decision for your health and if you choose to move forward with treatment, we can help with tooth replacement options so you can still eat and smile.
When Drs. Smith and Domingue recommend a dental extraction, it is only in the very best interest of your health. Because we focus on prevention, extractions are the last resort and we know that none of our patients want to hear those dreaded words. We will always make sure you are completely comfortable for every procedure you have in our office.
Sedation Dentistry Options in 70508
When it comes to the procedure itself, we have a number of options to keep you feeling comfortable and anxiety-free. Dental procedures should not add additional stress in your life so you may find one of our sedation methods right for you.
We offer nitrous oxide as the lowest method of sedation available. Nitrous oxide is for those patients who are a little worried about their procedure but feel confident that they will be ok. We may recommend this for patients with simple extractions.
We also offer oral sedation for patients who need a little stronger medication in order to be comfortable for a dental extraction. It will make you feel dreamy and you may have little or no memory of your procedure.
For those patients with complex surgical extractions, we may recommend IV sedation. IV sedation is the strongest form of sedation we offer and you will have no awareness of the procedure and no memory of it. We will still numb you, as always, and we will monitor you closely making sure you are safe for your entire procedure.
When dentists say that teeth are impacted, we mean that they are either partially or completely covered by gum tissue. The most commonly impacted teeth are usually the third molars (wisdom teeth), but other teeth may be affected as well.
Impacted teeth are caused by teeth growing in at an odd angle due to not having enough room, or just because of the nature of your biology. Teeth growing at an angle may push on your adjacent teeth. Teeth can also be impacted if they begin to grow, but remain stuck in the jawbone and cannot fully erupt.
Problems Caused by Impacted Teeth
Impacted teeth can lead to a number of problems:
- Pressure on other teeth
- Trapped food, leading to decay and gum disease
- Abscesses and other infections
- Bad breath
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Jaw or facial pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Malocclusion (bad bite)
Dental Extractions in Lafayette
If you are experiencing difficulty with an impacted tooth, extraction could provide you with relief. We can do a full evaluation including digital imaging of your teeth to see what the best course of action will be to relieve your symptoms.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith or Dr. Domingue.
Your recovery time will depend on whether you had a simple extraction or a surgical extraction to remove an impacted tooth. It will also depend on some of your health factors and whether you smoke. Tobacco use can inhibit healing after a dental surgery and is not recommended. It may be a great time to quit!
What to Expect After an Extraction
You can expect some swelling and discomfort for about 24 to 48 hours following a simple extraction, and full healing will take one to two weeks. For a surgical extraction, your period of swelling and discomfort may last for about three days, and full healing can take about three to four weeks.
Following our hygiene and aftercare instructions will help healing go more smoothly as will taking your medication as prescribed.
We will provide you with medication and advice to make you more comfortable and reduce swelling. Follow our after-care instructions to encourage faster healing and prevent complications.
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We can give you more specific information regarding healing time for your unique case once we perform a full evaluation of the teeth you need extracted. Drs. Smith and Domingue are also experts at implant placement and can provide tooth replacement options that will meet your specific lifestyle needs.