Tooth extractions used to require serious surgery that needed extended recovery times. Today, there have been several advancements in tooth extraction procedures, making it much easier on patients to undergo the treatment and get back to their normal life as quickly as possible. There are several reasons why a patient may need a tooth extraction, and procedures may vary from patient to patient.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
There are many different reasons why someone may need a tooth extraction. You may want to have your wisdom teeth removed to avoid problems in the future or because they’re causing you discomfort. You may have tooth decay, requiring you to have the tooth removed. Or you may have damaged a tooth in an accident and you need it removed. While your dentist may try to repair the tooth through dental reconstruction, like a crown, they may decide that the best option is an extraction.
The Tooth Extraction Process
A tooth extraction will require local anesthesia. Sometimes, the patient may be sedated. This will be suggested in more severe cases, like if the patient has an impacted tooth and it needs to be removed from the gums. If the tooth is impacted, the surrounding tissue and bone will have to be removed in order to expose the tooth, and dissolving stitches will be used to seal the socket.
What to Expect Post-Procedure
After the tooth extraction, it’s common for patients to experience a bit of bleeding and swelling. If the pain or bleeding become severe, it’s best to contact your dentist. If you have normal swelling and bleeding, you’ll want to keep your mouth clean to get rid of blood and bacteria. While your dentist will tell you specifically how to care for your mouth, most patients are directed to rinse with salt water on a regular basis.
Avoiding Dry Socket
Following a tooth extraction, it’s very important to avoid getting dry socket. This happens when the blood that clots in the socket following an extraction is dislodged. When the clot is dislodged, it exposes the bones and nerves, which can cause a lot of pain and even lead to an infection. If you feel like you have dry socket, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. He’ll help you reduce the pain, heal the socket and avoid getting dry socket again.
Protecting Your Mouth
After each meal, make sure to rinse out your mouth with salt water or warm water. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. You’ll also want to be careful when brushing near the extraction site. By treating your mouth with care following the procedure, you’ll be able to get a tooth replacement as soon as possible.
Thanks to modern dental procedures, patients have a variety of options when it comes to replacing a tooth and getting the look of a real tooth. Whether you need a tooth extraction because you’re getting a wisdom tooth removed or you’ve been in an accident, contact us to schedule your consultation today.