There are numerous reasons why you might need a tooth pulled in what is commonly referred to as an extraction. One of the main causes of a dental extraction is that it has been too badly damaged to be repaired. This might be the case if the tooth has been severely chipped. It is often difficult to repair the tooth without causing further damage, and thus it may be worth simply removing and replacing it. Decay can also be a reason for a tooth removal, particularly, if the damaged tooth could cause further issues in the mouth.
However, there are other reasons as well. You might need a tooth removed for orthodontic treatment. During orthodontic treatment, teeth are moved into place slowly, and they need room to do this. Sometimes the mouth is too crowded for this possibility. As such, teeth need to be removed to make more room.
Alternatively, a tooth might be infected enough that an extraction is needed to prevent it spreading to other areas of the mouth. It is often necessary to complete an extraction as quickly as possible in the event of an infection to prevent the damage to other surrounding teeth.
At Club Dental, we understand that patients may wish to know what is involved in a tooth extraction before receiving the treatment. Our expert dentists and surgeons will perform the procedure. Tooth extractions are almost entirely pain-free due to an injection of local anesthetic that you will receive before the surgery is completed. This will numb the entire section of your mouth. The dentist will always test that the anesthetic has worked effectively before proceeding. If you feel any pain at all, let the dentist know. They will stop and administer another dose.
If the procedure involves removing more than one tooth, we may offer you the option of a general anesthetic. This will numb the entire body and put you to sleep for the duration of the procedure.
The procedure often involves cutting away the gum and bone around the tooth. The tooth is then moved forwards and backward until it slips free. On some occasions, teeth can be trickier to remove and need to be taken out in pieces.
Once the tooth is pulled a blood clot commonly forms in the empty socket where the tooth was. You may be provided with something to bite down on to keep this from bleeding into your mouth. Before you get home from the dentists, the socket will usually have stopped bleeding. If it hasn’t or the clot bursts, you may need further sedation to prevent pain until it heals.
If you are getting a tooth removed due to additional treatment, you may have to wait several weeks.
After The Treatment
Depending on the anesthesia given, you may have no feeling in your mouth for at least several hours after the tooth has been pulled. When feeling does return, there can be a dull pain, almost as though the inside of your mouth has been bruised. Typically this will last no more than a day. Directly after the procedure, it is recommended that you do not eat solid foods and avoid meals that are too hot or cold. Depending on the individual mouth the healing process can take at least a few days. During this time, you should avoid anything that can damage the mouth. You will not be able to smoke until the gum has healed as this can cause further damage.
You can continue to brush and clean your teeth as you normally would during the healing process. However, you should be careful not to brush on or near the socket where the extraction took place. Doing so could leave you at risk of developing an infection.
Typically, the full healing process can take up to two weeks. During this time, it is possible for the teeth to shift in the space created near the extraction. For this reason, it might be necessary for the gap to be filled with a temporary bridge. This will keep the surrounding teeth in place and maintain the shape of your mouth.
If you notice any issues after the extraction, you should make sure you contact your dentist immediately. Rare side effects can include nausea, swelling or fever. This can be the first signs of an infection, and you should be treated as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing pain in your mouth or teeth, an extraction could be necessary. You can contact Club Dental today to arrange for this service.
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