Of all the dental procedures, tooth extraction or having teeth pulled out has always been our patients’ most dreaded prospect. It involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone.
At Affordable Dentist Near Me, our dental professionals perform tooth extraction for many different reasons, one of them being the decay in a tooth or presence of a broken tooth. Before considering the treatment, every effort will be employed to repair and restore your tooth; if they do not seem to work, extraction is performed as a last resort.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
You may be required to undergo tooth extraction for several reasons other than irreparable tooth. These are a few of the common ones:
- Extra teeth that needs to be pulled out
- Milking teeth which have not migrate yet
- Making room for new set of teeth
- Receiving radiation
- Cancer drugs can sometimes affect your teeth and can demand immediate teeth removal
- Source of infection
- Wisdom tooth removal
These above mentioned causes can be further divided into three categories:
- Crowded Mouth
- Periodontal Disease
- Decayed tooth
Expectations from Tooth Extractions
Tooth extraction is usually conducted by a dentist; however an oral surgeon or dental professional who holds a special training certification can perform the treatment as well. The dentist or surgeon begins by injecting the patient with medication to numb their mouth before the tooth is removed.
You may be given local anesthetic at times, if needed and certain medications that can help you cope with the pain. If there is more than one tooth to be removed, then our dentist may use general anesthetic to avoid the pain spreading to other parts of your body.
In case the tooth is not visible yet, but has caused swollen gums, the skin may be cut in order to access it. If not taken out, it can cause an infection and this is the reason our dentist will have to extract it from within gum and bone tissue, if necessary.
As soon as we have an access, the tooth in question is loosened so that it can be extracted with ease from the jaw. If the extraction procedure for the impacted tooth is complex, then we may take it out, one piece at a time.
Once extracted, a blood clot fills the socket. The clot is then cleaned and a gauze pad is added to stem the bleeding. You are required to apply light pressure on it so that the bleeding stops altogether.
We may also stitch the gum with self-dissolving stitches, if needed. In case, the clot breaks loose, causing dry socket and often a very painful condition, we will apply a special dressing socket in order to promote healing and form a new clot over the next few days.
Generally, the extraction site closes up in 2 – 3 weeks; however it can take three to six months for the bone and soft tissue to develop.
If you have further questions or need tooth extraction, we encourage you to call us today and book an appointment.