We all want to keep our teeth for a lifetime, but circumstances can occur and warrant a tooth extraction. Although tooth extraction is a routine procedure, it is normally done when necessary, after our dentist has assessed the teeth.
While there are many reasons why your teeth can be removed, the dentist can recommend the procedure in the following situations:
There are two main types of extractions that the dentist can perform; simple and surgical. The type of tooth extraction that is done will depend on the nature of the tooth to be removed.
Simple or non-surgical tooth extraction is done on a visible tooth. These types of extractions are performed by a general dentist under local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry may also be used on patients who have dental phobia.
The dentist will use forceps to hold the visible part of the tooth. He will move it back and forth until it detaches from the socket.
The recovery from the simple extractions is relatively quick—lasting about four days with proper care.
The surgical teeth removal is done on teeth that are not visible such as impacted wisdom teeth. The procedure involves opening the gums to access the teeth and pull them out. This is usually a complex dental procedure and is done under IV sedation or general anesthesia (deep sedation).
The dentist will make an incision on the gums to access the tooth. The soft tissues covering the teeth may also be lifted to give access.
Sometimes the dentist may have to drill the jaw or split the teeth into multiple pieces to make it easy to remove the teeth.
Gum bleeding is a common occurrence after the teeth are pulled out. The bleeding can be controlled by biting a gauze pad for 20 minutes.
A blood clot also forms on the socket to facilitate healing. It is crucial to protect the clot and prevent it from breaking. If it breaks, you may experience a dry socket which slows down the healing, causes pain and bad breath.
The recovery time after your teeth are removed will depend on how well you care for the gums.
You may experience nausea, vomiting, cough, and chills. Call the dentist or visit Smile Bright Dental Studio if these symptoms worsen or you have chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling at the surgical area.