Tooth Extraction An Overview
A tooth extraction may be necessary if a patient has advanced structural decay or damage. Patients may also require a tooth extraction to resolve over-crowding or to relieve impacted wisdom teeth.
Before resorting to tooth extraction, Dr. Gauthier will attempt to preserve the natural tooth with a dental filling, an inlay or only, or a root canal. Extracting a tooth is only used when necessary.
Often referred to as ‘pulling teeth’, extractions are simple outpatient procedures. A typical tooth extraction is not painful. Dr. Gauthier will use local anesthesia to thoroughly numb the area. All you will feel is some slight pressure and tugging.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The wisdom teeth often emerge during the late teenage years through the early twenties. Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, typically lack adequate space in the jaw to erupt correctly and are therefore removed to prevent them from becoming impacted or causing damage to the other teeth.
There is often pain associated with the wisdom teeth emerging, and the tooth extraction can alleviate that pain.
What Is Dry Socket?
After a tooth is extracted, a blood clot will form and is necessary to stop bleeding and facilitate proper healing. Dry socket is a condition that sometimes develops after a tooth is extracted. This is when a clot has become dislodged and can lead to many problems.
To avoid dry socket, you should refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or vigorous rinsing for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot and lead to dry socket
Dry socket can be painful and delay healing times. If you are experiencing dry socket or pain at the extraction site, contact our office as soon as possible.
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Tooth Extraction What to Expect
A tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure. First, the dentist will numb the area to minimize discomfort. After the area around the tooth is numb, your dentist will extract the tooth by gently rocking it back and forth.
The socket will be packed with gauze to help stop the bleeding. In most cases a small amount of bleeding and swelling is normal. The dressing should remain in for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Please note: if you experience nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding, contact our office immediately
To promote proper healing, avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket.
A cold cloth or ice bag may help with any pain or swelling. Pain medication will be prescribed by your dentist if needed to help with the discomfort. It is essential to continue to brush and floss regularly, however, take care to avoid the teeth next to the tooth socket.
If a tooth is extracted due to severe decay or damage, Dr. Gauthier will advise that you replace it. Depending on the location and number of teeth pulled, he may recommend a dental bridge, partial denture or dental implants.
Dental implants are the most natural solution to missing teeth. By replacing your tooth with an implant, it will replace the missing root. This will prevent bone loss, a common problem with other dental restorations.