Tooth extractions can be a scary undertaking, especially if you aren’t completely sure what to expect. Though your dentist will do everything they can to repair and restore your tooth, there are situations where removing the tooth will be necessary. If the tooth threatens the health of your remaining teeth, it is likely that your dentist will recommend an extraction.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are a few reasons for tooth extractions. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Preparation for dentures
- Wisdom teeth
- Impacted teeth
This list is not by any means all-inclusive. Only an experienced dentist will be able to determine if a tooth extraction is necessary for you.
Simple and Surgical Extractions
The process of a tooth extraction will vary based on the type of extraction that is needed. A regular extraction is a fairly simple process that most dentists perform on a daily basis. They typically use only a local anesthetic, which will allow the procedure to be done with no discomfort.
A surgical extraction is a more complicated process. These are necessary when extracting a tooth that is broken off beneath the gums, for wisdom teeth, or for a few other situations. These extractions require a stronger anesthesia, as well as additional preparations. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to be taken before or after the procedure to prevent infection.
After a Tooth Extraction
There will likely be some discomfort following a tooth extraction. Refrain from smoking and don’t use a straw in the first 24 hours. This can cause the blood clot to be dislodged, which can result in a painful condition known as dry socket. If you are undergoing a surgical extraction, it will be necessary to procure a ride due to the anesthetic.
Though having a tooth extracted may seem like a terrifying experience, it is actually a fairly simple one. For more information about tooth extraction, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Mills River Family Dental today.