Tooth extractions are very common. They can be performed for a variety of reasons. Tooth decay, for example, can be so advanced that only a tooth extraction can treat the infection and restore health to the tooth. A wisdom tooth that hasn't fully erupted can also be removed for the benefit of the patient.
An extraction may also be necessary when a tooth breaks or has suffered some kind of trauma. If a tooth is severely fractured, it may need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection.
What are the different types of Tooth Extractions?
There are a variety of reasons why you may need a tooth extracted. Here are a few types:
Toothache: This reason is pretty obvious, but there are ways to treat toothaches that won't require extraction.
Fractured teeth: If a tooth is fractured, it may need to be extracted.
Crowded teeth: If your teeth are overcrowded, your dentist may recommend extractions to make room for teeth that can grow in properly.
Periodontal disease: If your teeth are loose or unhealthy due to periodontal disease, extractions may be recommended.
How is extraction carried out?
Before the procedure begins, your dentist will first numb the area using a local anesthetic. Next, your dentist will loosen the tooth using a dental tool known as an elevator. Once the tooth is loosened, your dentist will apply another anesthetic. Then, your dentist will extract the tooth using a set of forceps.
How is the recovery after Tooth Extractions?
After your tooth has been extracted, you can expect some soreness and swelling. This can last several days. On day 3, you should rinse your mouth with salt water (1⁄2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of warm water) after meals to keep the area clean. You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth.
It is a good idea to stick to a diet of soft foods, such as pudding, applesauce, or yogurt. Try to eat on the opposite side of your mouth from where the tooth was extracted.
We will provide you with additional follow-up care instructions. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
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