Tooth Extraction Procedure
When you undergo a dental extraction procedure, your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia. You can also receive an anti-anxiety medication or an intravenous sedative. If tooth extraction involves an impacted tooth, the tooth may break into pieces before being removed.
The extraction of the teeth is divided into two basic categories: simple and surgical. Here is what you can expect from each one:
- Simple: A simple extraction of teeth involves the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. This could mean removing a damaged or decayed tooth, or removing teeth before receiving the brakes. General dentists can do simple dental extractions. When you undergo simple tooth extraction, you will receive local anesthesia. In addition, some dental professionals administer anti-anxiety medications or use conscious sedation for simple cases of tooth extraction. In most cases, over-the-counter painkillers are sufficient to control pain after these procedures.
- Surgical: The extraction of surgical teeth is an operation performed by an oral surgeon that involves the removal of teeth that are not visible in the mouth, because they have not entered or because the tooth has broken. People with special medical conditions can receive general anesthesia when they extract teeth that require surgery. You can also receive prescription painkillers for use immediately after the surgical procedures to remove the teeth.
Tooth Extraction Healing and Recovery
After any type of tooth extraction, be sure to follow your dental professional’s instructions for oral care, including the following tips:
- Eat Soft Foods: Keep mostly in fluids until the anesthesia is gone, and then limit your diet to soft foods for the first few days after a tooth is removed.
- Take care of your teeth: Do not brush your teeth immediately next to the tooth extraction area on the first day after the procedure, but brush the rest of the teeth. Two days after the extraction of a tooth, return to a good oral care routine.
General Questions about Root Canal
Do I need to see a specialist for an extraction?
In many cases, when you need a tooth extraction, we can assist you directly in our office. The teeth sometimes need an extraction if they suffer serious damage, if they have a serious infection or if they are very decayed. Making an extraction is never our first choice when it comes to dental treatments. At Luxe Dental, we focus on the prevention and saving of teeth. However, certain circumstances require an extraction, especially if necessary to protect your health. When you visit our office for an evaluation of your problem tooth, we can analyze your options. In some cases, if your surgery is complex or surgical by nature, we may need to refer you to a specialist. However, if we can treat it in our office, we will do it. When you have an extraction, we will provide aftercare information so you can heal quickly and without complications. Once you have completely healed, we will offer you tooth replacement options. Replacing a missing tooth is important to maintain the integrity of the remaining teeth.
From restorations of dental implants to partial or bridges, we offer a wide variety of options to replace your teeth with the greatest possible functionality and comfort. If you think you need a dental extraction, please contact our office to schedule a consultation!
How do I know if I need a dental extraction?
The best way to determine if you need a tooth extraction is to schedule an exam with Dr. Bridgette Ramos. That way, she knows the best way to approach her particular problem. If you have a tooth that hurts, that does not necessarily mean that you need an extraction. You may need a duct treatment, filler or night protection (if you grind your teeth).
If your tooth is already mobile, you may need a tooth extraction, but in some cases we can save your tooth.
In general, only a tooth extraction is recommended if you have a tooth that does not respond to any other type of dental treatment, such as root canals.
Some reasons for tooth extractions include:
Split or cracked tooth
Severe infection or abscess
In many cases, we can perform the extraction here in our office, especially if your tooth is already mobile. If you require surgery or complex extraction, we can refer you to a specialist only for your comfort and well-being.
We know that continuity of care is important for our patients, so we will take care of you whenever possible and know that when we refer you to a specialist, it is someone we know and trust. Contact our office to schedule a consultation!
What to Expect With Tooth Extraction
Dentists and oral surgeons (dentists with special training to perform surgeries) perform dental extractions. Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be extracted. If more than one tooth is removed or if a tooth hits you, your dentist may use a strong general anesthetic. This will prevent pain throughout the body and will cause you to sleep during the procedure.
If the tooth is affected, the dentist will cut the gum and bone tissue that covers the tooth and then, with tweezers, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that they keep it in place. Sometimes, a tooth that is difficult to extract must be removed in pieces.
Once the tooth has been removed, a blood clot usually forms in the alveolus. The dentist will pack a gauze pad in the socket and have it bite to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes, the dentist will place some points, usually self-destructive, to close the edges of the gums over the extraction site.
Occasionally, the blood clot in the alveolus is detached, exposing the bone in the alveolus. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist is likely to place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.
Will I need someone to drive me home from the doctor?
If you need someone to take you home from our surgical center after your procedure depends on the type of sedation you choose. If you only use local anesthesia, you can drive home. If you have general anesthesia or sedation, you will need a friend, relative, or loved one to help you get home and get comfortable.
What procedures will I need after my tooth removal?
The follow-up procedures depend on the reason for which a tooth was extracted and on whether the extraction was successful. If you remove a wisdom tooth or remove a tooth due to overcrowding, you may not need other procedures. However, if your teeth are removed due to trauma, decay or infection, you may consider having a dental implant, partial dentures or a bridge. Talk to your surgeon about these options.
Will I be awake during my tooth extraction? Will it hurt?
The type of anesthesia used during the extraction of your tooth will be discussed in your practice. You can receive local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your procedure and your own comfort levels. No matter what type of anesthesia you choose, your operation will be painless. While patients often report pain, swelling and tenderness after extraction, our medical team will ensure that you feel minimal discomfort with over-the-counter or prescribed pain relievers.
When is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed?
There is a debate about the optimal time to remove wisdom teeth if you do not have any problems. Doing it while you are younger, before turning 18 or 20 years old, will result in a faster recovery but, more importantly, a safer and more predictable intervention. Also, early elimination often avoids problems that may arise in the future, allowing patients to never experience the possible consequences of problematic third molars.
Another advantage of eliminating wisdom teeth preventively is to allow patients the luxury of choosing the ideal time of year to do so with the least interruption in their busy schedules. Therefore, summer is usually the most popular time for this procedure in the student population. This allows patients to recover comfortably without the additional stress and strain of school responsibilities.
How long is the recovery?
If we define recovery as the end of the symptoms of the procedure, this is approximately 7 to 10 days. The discomfort tends to disappear after the third day and the inflammation usually ends around the seventh day. Of course, the more the wound frosts in the first 48 hours, the faster the inflammation disappears!
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