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Tooth Extractions – Milwaukee, WI

We Can Easily Remove a Problematic Tooth

In most cases, pulling a tooth isn’t Dr. Franzen’s first choice of treatment. While he would rather preserve your natural smile for as long as possible, sometimes a tooth is so decayed or damaged that the only way to protect your oral health is with a tooth extraction in Milwaukee. If this is the case, you can expect our team to be gentle and accommodating of your needs throughout the whole process. Thanks to his experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Franzen can perform most tooth extractions right here in his office.

The Tooth Extraction Process

young woman getting tooth extraction in Milwaukee

Your procedure can vary depending on the location of the problem tooth in your mouth. If the tooth has fully erupted from the gums, we can perform a simple extraction. After administering a local anesthetic to numb that area of your mouth, we use a dental elevator to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it comes loose. From there, we can easily pull it out.

However, sometimes the tooth is fully or partially trapped under the gumline, also known as impaction. This is common with third molars, or wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth usually require a surgical extraction. With this method, we may have to break the tooth into smaller pieces and remove them one by one.

No matter which type of extraction you require, the process should be painless thanks to the potent local anesthetic that we provide beforehand.

What You Can Expect After a Tooth Extraction

several extracted teeth and dental instruments lying on gauze pad

It’s perfectly normal to experience soreness and mild swelling following your extraction. Taking your prescribed or over-the-counter painkillers should help to alleviate this. Additionally, follow these tips to prevent post-op complications:

  • Do not drink from a straw or forcefully rinse or spit for the first 48 hours after your procedure.
  • Eat only soft foods for the first three or four days.
  • Try not to engage in any strenuous physical activity for the first week or so.
  • Avoid tobacco until you’re completely healed.

If your pain or swelling doesn’t subside within four days after treatment, give us a call.

Options for Tooth Replacement  

dentist showing patient their dental x-rays

Once you’ve finished healing, it might be time to consider replacing your extracted tooth. After all, not doing so can cause a host of oral health problems. It can impair your chewing ability, shift the adjacent teeth out of alignment, and weaken your jawbone, leading to an increased risk of gum disease.

Fortunately, you have a few choices when it comes to a tooth replacement:

  • A dental bridge consists of several crowns strung together, each of them designed to mimic your original teeth.
  • A partial denture can replace missing teeth in several areas of your mouth at once. Similarly, a full denture replaces an entire arch of lost teeth.
  • A dental implant is a titanium post placed into the jawbone to replicate the root of a missing tooth. Because of this, it offers multiple benefits that other options can’t deliver, such as more stability, increased chewing power, and a longer lasting treatment.

 Whichever method you choose to replace your tooth, our team will make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way.

If you’re experiencing pain in a certain tooth, call Milwaukee Dental Implants. We can easily remove a problematic tooth if need be.