Tooth extraction is a procedure that removes a diseased tooth that cannot be cured with other conservative methods, thus avoiding possible serious infections.

Tooth extraction can be simple or surgical. In most cases, when the teeth are easily accessible, this type of surgery is simple. Sometimes, however, it can become surgical if a certain amount of pressure must be applied to be able to remove the tooth or if a substantial part of the tooth crown is missing.

Why are Teeth

Dental extraction is indicated in some specific cases of which:

  1. broken, fractured, cracked, deeply decayed teeth that cannot be rebuilt;
  2. periodontal teeth with an advanced degree of mobility;
  3. teeth with cysts and large granulomas that did not have a positive effect on treatment;
  4. teeth positioned incorrectly or misaligned from their correct position in the dental arch that cannot be straightened using orthodontic methods;
  5. included teeth;
  6. orthodontic purpose for a harmonious smile.

When the tooth becomes ill due to deep caries or when it is irreversibly damaged and no treatment can save it, dental extraction is resorted to.
Extraction of the diseased tooth prevent the spread of its infection to nearby teeth or even to the whole organism. Following extraction, bone loss, development and worsening of periodontal disease are also avoided.
Impacted teeth can often create a number of problems in the correct and harmonious alignment of the dental arch. Extracting an impacted tooth will prevent infection, damage to the bone and adjacent teeth.
The extraction of the teeth is also a useful method for orthodontic purposes, because it gives the possibility to create more space on the dental arch for the position of the teeth with serious repercussions in the process of developing occlusion, chewing and swallowing.

Tooth Extraction

Before the procedure, your dentist will perform an oral exam and take X-rays of the tooth (or teeth) to be extracted and the surrounding area to see what’s going on below the gum line.

With the prep done, it’s time to extract. There are two types of tooth extraction procedures, a simple type and a surgical type.

If you can see the tooth in your mouth then its removal is a simple extraction. If you can’t see the tooth in your mouth because it hasn’t erupted, is impacted or it has broken at or below the gum line, then its removal is a surgical extraction. There are more than 10 million teeth surgically removed from American mouths every year.

Let’s talk about the simple extractions first.

Simple extractions are usually managed by your dentist and done with local anesthesia. In a simple extraction a tooth is removed with an elevator and a pair of forceps. In this instance an elevator is a special tool used to separate the root of the tooth from its socket, loosening it in the bone. The forceps, also used to loosen the tooth, are used to yank the tooth by its crown. There may or may not be a few stitches to close up the extraction.

Surgical extractions are a little more complicated because they entail removing tooth from bone. These extractions are most commonly performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and patients are given either local or general anesthesia depending on the individual circumstance. Unlike in a simple extraction where the dentist is able to grab the crown of the tooth with forceps, in a surgical extraction, the gum is cut open for access to the tooth. With access below the gum line, the surgeon removes the tooth, sometimes in fragments, from the jaw bone, and stitches the wound closed.

Immediately after a tooth is pulled, your dentist will pack the wound with gauze and ask you to bite down – this pressure will help speed the formation of a blood clot in the socket, needed for a healthy, uneventful healing.

Tooth Extraction

During the first 24 hours after the extraction, patients can expect a little bleeding to continue, at least for a few hours after the surgery. There will likely be swelling and mild to moderate pain as well. The level of pain is determined by the number of teeth extracted, the type(s) of extraction and location(s), if there is any co-existing infection and by the patient’s personal pain tolerance.

If the pain begins to worsen rather than improve after the first two to three days, it may be due to a complication known as dry socket.

Wondering when the hole in your mouth will close? If there are no complications, new gum tissue will close the hole in about one to two weeks, and both soft tissues and bone will continue to heal during the following month.

Most patients will find that the recovery period for an uncomplicated tooth extraction is only a few days, but it’s important to remember that although the bleeding and swelling have ended, the wound needs several weeks to completely heal. Good tooth extraction aftercare can help make the healing process smooth and uncomplicated. Let’s look at what type of care is needed in the first 24 hours after surgery through until the stitches come out.

Tooth Extraction

During the first 24 hours after tooth extraction surgery, most patients take painkillers, either prescribed by the dentist or oral surgeon or overthecounter antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Applying a cold compress or cold pack to the face or jaw will help constrict blood vessels, preventing and reducing swelling as well as reducing pain.

And what about eating and drinking? Tooth extraction is no cause for fasting during the first 24 hours, but stick to a liquid diet while your mouth is still numb so you don’t accidentally bump the wound. Once the feeling is back in your mouth, unless otherwise instructed by your dentist or oral surgeon, it’s OK to eat soft foods such as puddings, oatmeal and mashed potatoes, and liquids during the first few days after the procedure. After that, it’s fine to return to solid foods.

After the first 24 hours pass, most patients continue to take pain relievers, but typically after the first three days or so there is no longer a need for any prescription painkillers. Overthecounter antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can control pain and lingering swelling for several days after the extraction.

Rinsing with warm salty water may also help to reduce pain and swelling, but to avoid disrupting the formation of the blood clot, wait to do so until after the first 24 pass, then rinse gently several times a day. It’s also OK to brush and floss your teeth as well, but be extra careful to avoid the area of the tooth extraction as well as any stitches. While some extractions require stitches, some do not, and while some stitches dissolve as the wound heals, over one to two weeks, others will need to be removed at a followup visit to the dentist.

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At Dentist of Aventura, our most experienced dentists are here to help you and make the treatment process easier. With the latest technology and an experienced team of dentists, we can make the tooth extraction procedure painless and worry-free. We are the best for you. Dentist of Aventura cares about you and your teeth.

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