A dental extraction may be necessary when your tooth decays excessively or it has a severe infection that damages it badly. Extraction is also needed if there is mouth-crowding. If you have braces, you may require one or two teeth pulled to create room for the other teeth as they shift into place. Additionally, patients undergoing chemotherapy or those preparing to get an organ transplant may require affected teeth to be extracted to maintain oral health. Tooth extraction is a relatively rapid outpatient surgery performed by our dentist or oral surgeon under local, general, intravenous, or a combination of anesthesia. You may want to visit Parkside Dental for a visible tooth extraction, which is a straightforward procedure.
The Procedure of Tooth Extraction
Before removing your tooth, the dentist will obtain a complete medical history, including any dental treatment history and a list of medications you use. You must specifically state whether you use blood thinners or are allergic to any medications. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics for you to take before the extraction. To establish the optimum technique to extract the damaged tooth, our dentist will do an x-ray. The dentist will advise you to stop smoking, at least a day before the treatment since smoking might cause a dry socket and alveolar bone exposure following the extraction. Additionally, the dental specialist will provide local anesthesia to numb the afflicted tooth and its surrounding regions on the scheduled day. Though rarely needed, general anesthesia may be used in particular situations of wisdom tooth removal.
What Occurs Before a Tooth Extraction?
Our dentist will examine the afflicted tooth and the surrounding gums. Also, the specialist will take dental x-rays to examine bone levels and identify the amount of damage. Make sure our dentist knows any medications, vitamins, or supplements you are taking. Once all pertinent information has been acquired, treatment and sedative choices will be thoroughly reviewed with you.
What Occurs After a Tooth Extraction?
When the process is finished, our dentist will apply gauze to the extraction site and instruct you to bite it with constant pressure. This slows the bleeding and allows a blood clot to develop. Clotting is a natural part of the rehabilitation process. It accelerates healing and lowers the likelihood of dry sockets. Once the bleeding has stopped, you will remove the gauze. During the first 24 hours, you may have minor bleeding.
Recovering After a Tooth Extraction
The complexities of your case determine the recovery period. However, most people return to normalcy after a few days. While you should be able to resume normal activities within 48 to 72 hours, the jawbone typically takes several weeks to heal fully. As a result, if you intend to replace the tooth with a dental implant, you will probably need to wait a few months for complete healing.
It is never fun to be told you need a dental extraction. However, tooth extraction is often the only method to eradicate infection and get you back on track to a healthy smile and life. That being said, we do extractions as the last resort once we have explored other conservative treatments.
Pain Free Dental Extractions
Extractions may be required due to the eruption of wisdom teeth, due to severe tooth damage that can’t be repaired, or to prepare for another dental treatment. There may be a few other reasons, but these are the most common.
Visit us at Parkside Dental to learn more about dental extraction. Contact us at 972-442-7550 to book an appointment.