There are a number of reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. In many cases, excessive tooth decay is the main culprit. However, infections and crowding are other common reasons for extractions. Having a tooth surgically removed can cause some anxiety for many people as you may not know what to expect.
Tooth extractions are typically an in-office procedure only lasting a few minutes. Using local, general, or intravenous anesthesia, the area will be effectively numb so you will not feel pain while it is being removed.
If the tooth was formerly a root canal, it may need to be removed from a specialist. Tooth extraction for a tooth that is broken or below the gums will require additional tools and training to remove the tooth without causing additional damage to the mouth.
Preparing for tooth extractions
Most patients will not need to undergo additional at-home preparations for the treatment. Patients will come in for the extraction, where the anesthesia is administered to numb the area. When the area is properly numb, we can start the removal of the tooth. The most intense part is when patients feel a lot of pressure as we need to pull and move instruments around to loosen the tooth from the jawbone, and surrounding tissue.
Patients with health risks need additional preparation as it could cause complications during the procedure. Let our staff members know immediately if you do have any health conditions. While the extraction procedure itself is fairly straightforward, the healing process is when it becomes complicated.
Following a tooth extraction, it is important to take it easy for a few days. No lifting heavy objects, drinking through a straw, or running. Remind yourself to lie down and rest to help the mouth heal. Some patients will need medication to assist with pain, while many others heal without medication for pain. Patients need to gargle with warm saltwater daily during the healing process as this will aid in speeding up the healing and getting you back on your feet again!