When a Tooth Extraction is necessary?
When a tooth becomes impossible to save, a tooth extraction becomes necessary. There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, such as a vertical fracture of the root, extreme mobility, or decay that cannot be restored.
Before undergoing an extraction, it’s important to inform us about any recent changes in your medical history and medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners or drugs related to bone health. This information helps our dentist ensure your safety during the procedure. Additionally, one or more X-Rays will be taken to evaluate the shape and curvature of the tooth’s roots.
Simple vs Surgical Extraction
There are two types of tooth extractions: “simple” and “surgical.”
A simple extraction involves the dentist administering local anesthesia to numb the area. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist can gently loosen and remove it in one piece. No cuts or stitches are required for this type of extraction. After the tooth is removed, the socket, which is the space left behind, will be empty. To promote healing, a blood clot will form by applying sterile gauze to the gum.
In certain situations, such as when the tooth is severely damaged, has curved roots, or is in an improper position, a surgical extraction may be necessary. During this procedure, a small cut is made in the gum, allowing the dentist to access and separate the roots. In some cases, a small amount of bone may need to be removed. The roots are then extracted individually, and the area is closed with stitches. Surgical extractions are commonly performed for the removal of wisdom teeth.
Tooth Extraction Post-Care Recommendations
After the extraction, firmly bite down on the gauze pad placed over the extraction site. Maintain this gentle pressure for about 30 minutes to help control bleeding. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze pad with a new one and continue applying pressure.
Use an ice pack or a cold compress on the outside of your cheek near the extraction site. Apply it intermittently for about 10-15 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. Cold therapy helps reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
Keep your mouth clean, but be gentle around the extraction site. Avoid brushing directly on the extraction site for the first 24 hours. Afterward, gently clean the area with a soft-bristle toothbrush, being cautious not to disrupt the blood clot.
If your dentist has prescribed any medications, such as painkillers or antibiotics, be sure to take them as directed. Follow the recommended dosage and complete the full course of antibiotics, if prescribed. This helps prevent infection and manage pain.
Stick to a soft food diet for a few days after the extraction. Choose easy-to-chew foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, and soups. Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that may irritate the extraction site or dislodge the blood clot. Refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 48 hours after the extraction. These activities can delay healing, increase the risk of complications, and interfere with the blood clot formation.
Avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or intense exercise, for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Physical exertion can increase bleeding and delay the healing process. Rest and allow your body to recover.
Why Choose Us?
Choosing Central Dental Care for your tooth extraction is a decision that ensures top-quality care and a positive experience. Our skilled dental professionals have extensive expertise in performing tooth extractions, giving you confidence in the procedure. We understand that tooth extraction can be intimidating, which is why we prioritize your comfort and well-being, making your visit as comfortable as possible. Our modern dental technology and techniques enable precise and efficient extractions for optimal results. We provide comprehensive care, guiding you through the entire process and addressing any concerns you may have.
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