Although dentists will always do their best to save a tooth, sometimes it is simply beyond repair. In these situations, your dentist will probably need to perform a tooth extraction. Here is what you need to know about tooth extractions.
There are several things that can result in tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are a common reason for tooth extractions. Extreme tooth decay, tooth infection, or crowding of teeth can all be reasons to get a tooth extraction.
There are two types of tooth extractions. There are simple extractions and surgical extractions.
Simple extractions are typically performed when the tooth is visible. After using anesthesia, the dentist uses a special tool to loosen the tooth. The dentist will then remove the tooth.
Surgical extractions are more complicated than a simple extraction. These are usually performed when the tooth has broken off or hasn’t emerged from the gums. After using anesthesia, the dentist has to cut into the gums and surgically remove the tooth.
After examining the affected tooth, your dentist will be able to tell you which extraction will be the best for your situation, as well as which type of anesthesia will be best.
There are a few steps you must take before getting a tooth extracted.
• Inform your dentist of any medications you take.
• You may be required to take antibiotics several days before the procedure. Check with your dentist.
• Don’t smoke before the procedure. This will increase your risk of a painful condition referred to as “dry socket.”
• If you are undergoing general anesthesia, confirm that you will have someone to drive you home.
Here are a few tips to ensure the smoothest recovery after your procedure.
• Use an ice pack immediately after the procedure to aid in swelling reduction.
• Leave on gauze for the amount of time prescribed by your dentist.
• Rest and recover for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
• Don’t use a straw for at least 24 hours.
• Don’t smoke for up to 72 hours after your procedure.
• Eat only soft foods following the extraction.
Though tooth extraction can be scary, these tips will help you to have the most comfortable tooth extraction possible. Confide in your dentist about any fears you may have. They will have devised ways to make your tooth extraction as painless as possible.
The best way to avoid tooth extraction is to practice good oral hygiene and receive dental cleanings regularly. To schedule your appointment, contact us at Oral Health Center today.