Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Tooth extraction, or the removal of a tooth, is a relatively common procedure.
Even though their teeth are meant to be permanent. Here are a few of the reasons someone may need to get a tooth removed:
• Tooth infection or decay
• Gum disease
• Injury from trauma
• Crowded teeth
Once the initial consultation is done, an X-ray is taken and antibiotics prescribed if necessary to reduce swelling and pain if existing, the tooth extraction is scheduled.
The tooth extraction may either be simple or surgical, depending on whether the tooth is visible or impacted.
A local anesthetic is applied to the gums, which numbs the area around the tooth so only pressure may be felt, not pain, during the procedure. an instrument called an elevator is then used to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.
For surgical extraction also called known as open extraction both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia may be administered, the latter of which makes one calm and relaxed. One may also receive general anesthesia, depending on any medical conditions. With general anesthesia, the patient remains unconscious during the procedure.
The gum is cut open with a small incision. There may need to remove some bone around the tooth or cut the tooth before it can be extracted.
Inform about any of the following conditions:
• A congenital heart defect
• Liver disease
• Thyroid disease
• Renal disease
• An artificial joint
• Damaged heart valves
• Adrenal disease
• An impaired immune system
• A history of bacterial endocarditis
The dentist may want to make sure all conditions are stable or treated before one undergoes the tooth extraction. One might be prescribed antibiotics in the days leading up to the procedure if:
• The surgery is expected to be long
• One has an infection or a weakened immune system
• One has a specific medical condition
• It’s helpful to keep the following in mind for the day of the tooth extraction in order to ensure quality treatment:
• Do not smoke beforehand.
• Inform the dentist if one has a cold or fever, as the procedure may need to be rescheduled.
• Inform the dentist if one had nausea or vomiting the night before, which may require different anesthesia or rescheduling.
• Have someone along to accompany or drive back home
It normally takes a few days to recover after a tooth extraction. The following steps help ensure that your recovery goes smoothly.
• Apply an ice pack to the cheek directly after the procedure to reduce
swelling. Use the ice pack intermittently for 20 minutes
• After the dentist places a gauze pad over the affected area, bite down gently
to reduce bleeding and to aid in clot formation
• Leave the gauze on for the duration mentioned by the dentist
• Take all medications as prescribed
• Rest and relax for the first 24 hours
• Avoid consuming any hot liquid or eatables
• Do not use a straw for the first 24 hours
• Do not smoke
• Do not consume alcohol
• Do not rinse for 24 hours after the tooth extraction, and spit only gently.
• Use pillows to prop the head up while lying down
• Brush and floss the teeth like normal, however, avoid the extraction site
• The day after the procedure, eat soft food
• After 24 hours, add a half-teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water to
rinse out the mouth
• As healing takes place over the next few days, other foods can slowly be
reintroduced into the diet.
If one experiences pain that does not subside after several days or signs of an infection —including fever, pain, and pus or drainage from the incision — make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible.
Needing Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery can bring up many fears. Nevertheless, the procedure is safe, comfortable, and quick. Getting wisdom teeth removed is a routine office procedure at
Wisdom tooth is one of the third and final set of molars to arrive in ones lifetime. These molars generally develop during the late teens and early twenties. The wisdom teeth come out during ones transition time from child to adulthood, a time when one is considered to be wiser. Hence the name wisdom tooth.
The human jaws can comfortably hold 28 teeth, not 32, when accounting for wisdom teeth. These 28 slots are filled before the wisdom teeth appear. So the addition of wisdom teeth growing is difficult when all 28 slots are filled up. With not enough space, an extraction may be necessary to avoid complications such as infection or impaction.
The total costs of extracting wisdom teeth vary. Cost factors include positioning, level of impact, number of teeth, and complexity. Every patient’s case is unique. Explanation of all the costs is determined after the examination. We will help you determine what insurance coverage you may have.
The best bet for a successful and uncomplicated tooth extraction procedure is to follow the dentist’s recommendations diligently before and after the extraction.
Tooth extraction makes room for something better and can help keep one smiling with health and confidence.