09 Sep 2016 What You Need To Know About Tooth Extractions
Dentists pride themselves on preserving teeth, but in some cases, a bad tooth must be removed. If you are wondering why extract a tooth when so many other dental options are available, discuss the matter with your dentist. Although pulling teeth may sound like an extreme procedure, your dentist can ensure that it is a quick and easy experience.
Here are a few facts about tooth extractions that will help you to feel more comfortable with the concept.
Why Extract A Tooth?
Dentists always prefer to repair a natural tooth to preserve it, but in some cases, this is simply not possible. Common reasons for pulling teeth include:
- A previously cracked tooth that has been previously repaired and has now broken beyond repairing
- Severe decay, infection or injury to a tooth
- Teeth that are crowding out other teeth
- Teeth that have become impacted from failing to erupt correctly, such as wisdom teeth
The Process of Tooth Extraction
When preparing to extract a tooth, the dentist will ensure that the tooth and surrounding area has been properly numbed to prevent discomfort. In some cases, the affected tooth may already be loose, in which case the dentist will use extraction forceps to pull the tooth from the remaining ligaments that are holding it. In other cases, the tooth may be held firmly in the socket. The dentist may need to use dental elevators to loosen the tooth in the socket for easy removal. While you are numbed, you may feel some pressure during this process. You may also hear some sounds of the tooth loosening from its bony socket. These sounds are completely normal for a tooth extraction.
After Tooth Extraction
In most cases, discomfort after an extraction is minimal and can be managed with over the counter pain medications. However, if necessary, your dentist can provide stronger prescription medication. Generally, the tooth site will begin to heal immediately and will be completely painless in a few days. However, occasionally, the blood clot that helps to protect the site can become dislodged, leaving the bone and nerves exposed, which can cause increased pain. If you experience pain after an extraction, contact your dentist for treatment of this condition, called “dry socket.” Your dentist will give you instructions on what to eat and drink after a tooth extraction.
The loss of a tooth is a lamentable event, but modern dentistry offers many good solutions to replace teeth. If you follow your dentist’s instructions tooth extractions will be a simple and relatively painless event.