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Why Would You Need A Tooth Extraction?
While the goal is always to treat your natural teeth and keep them intact, under certain circumstances our dentist will recommend removing a tooth for the purpose of your dental health. Reasons may include disease, crowding, or trauma. If a tooth can’t be repaired with a crown or filling, an extraction is likely the next course of action.
Orthodontists typically recommend an extraction of a tooth before it causes crowding. Other necessary extractions include the removal of wisdom teeth as they often cause pain and can create movement among your other teeth.
Other reasons include:
- Removing extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
- Removing baby teeth that don’t fall out early enough to allow permanent teeth to come in.
- Before the placement of braces, you may need teeth to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being realigned.
- Removing the third molar as advised by an orthodontist or surgeon.
- For those receiving radiation to the head and neck, you may need to have teeth extracted.
- Cancer patients may develop an infection in the teeth as their heavy medication creates damage and teeth may need to be extracted.
- People with organ transplants have a higher risk of infection to the teeth and often require extractions as a result.
Simple Tooth Extractions vs. Surgical Procedures
After we’ve taken an X-ray of your teeth, we’ll be able to determine if you require a simple or surgical procedure. Surgical extractions of teeth tend to be the most common. There are situations where a simple extraction can result in a surgical procedure. For example, if a tooth breaks off during the procedure it will then be taken out in pieces. However, if a tooth is visible above the gum line, our dentist can remove it through a simple extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth generally require surgical extraction given that they usually impact the rest of your teeth and cause pain in the mouth. This procedure requires cutting through bone and tissue and removing the tooth, root tips, or long-curved roots. Wisdom teeth usually require a surgical extraction. Our dentist will recommend how soon you should have these teeth removed before they begin to cause discomfort or damage.
What to Expect During Surgery
Our oral surgeons will perform the tooth extraction. Before pulling out the tooth, you will be given you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. The goal is to prevent you from experiencing pain and help you relax throughout the procedure.
If the tooth is impacted, our dentist will then cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth. Then using forceps, your tooth will be gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the ligaments and jaw bone that are holding it in place. A hard-to-pull tooth is generally removed in pieces.
Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot begins to form in the socket. The dentist will place a gauze pad in this spot. You’ll need to bite down on the pad to help stop the bleeding. You may need a few stitches that are self-dissolving in order to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
Proper Aftercare Following a Tooth Extraction
Surgical extractions will sometimes require one or more stitches. You will be provided with a gauze pad to help stop the bleeding. The pad should remain in your mouth for 30 minutes after the procedure. Our dentist will provide you with prescription pain medication to numb the discomfort.
You should avoid talking, eating, and drinking for at least two hours. After the two hours, you can begin drinking lukewarm water or cold beverages without a straw. You can also eat soft foods like jello and soup.
For the next 12 hours, do not rinse or brush your teeth. It’s also important to avoid forceful speaking, spitting, or coughing as it can cause pain. If you notice any unusual symptoms or persistent bleeding (after two hours following the procedure), please give our office a call.