Teeth should be saved whenever possible, but sometimes tooth extraction is a necessity. Tooth extractions are recommended for many reasons, but the most common include severe trauma, decay and/or periodontal disease. Other times, wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they’re impacted, or a tooth might need to be removed because of overcrowding.
It might sound scary, but tooth extraction is actually straightforward and quick. The vast majority of patients do not require sedation or sleep dentistry – only local anesthetic. An extraction is pain-free, but you may feel pressure during the procedure — especially with stubborn teeth that need a little more work to remove. After your dentist extracts the tooth, a bite pack is applied to stop any bleeding. You’ll be given clear directions on how to help the site heal, from keeping it clean with hot saltwater to steering clear of heart-pumping activities for a few days. (Smoking isn’t allowed for at least 24 hours.)
Experts for Extractions
Dentists are well equipped to handle routine dental extractions. A patient may need a tooth removed due to decay and disease, in preparation for an orthodontic treatment, to address teeth located in a fracture line, when its immediate to “fix” an impacted wisdom tooth and sometimes it’s necessary as a preventative measure. In less common instances, teeth extraction may be recommended for patients undergoing radiation therapy in the head/neck area.
There are two types of tooth extractions: Simple and surgical. Simple extractions are usually recommended for teeth that you can see and only require local anesthesia. If a tooth can’t be seen (often wisdom teeth), surgical extractions may be required. This usually means patients get an incision and the healing process may take a little longer.
For all your teeth extractions and dento-surgical needs, contact Oak Hills Dentistry and connect with your local dental professionals.