Tooth Extraction: When It is Necessary and What to Know
After a recent visit to the dentist, you may learn that you need to have a tooth extracted. While this may not be something you are looking forward to, it may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Common reasons for tooth extraction include infection, severe decay, or overcrowding. For patients in Jupiter, FL, finding a highly qualified, experienced dentist to perform the extraction is the first step. Typically, this is a quick, outpatient procedure that can provide a solution to some of the most common dental issues you may be experiencing.
The team at SEDA Dental of Jupiter feature the experience and training needed to perform a tooth extraction in addition to all your other dental needs. Patients enjoy a high level of dental care in their state-of-the-art facility to provide ease of mind and comfort. Our office works diligently with each patient to help put their concerns at ease. If you think you may need a tooth extraction, read on for information about what to expect and the reasons why you may need this procedure.
Common reasons for tooth extraction
There are a variety of reasons why your dentist may believe a tooth extraction is necessary.
Tooth Decay-There is an infection caused by tooth decay that’s so severe, an extraction is necessary to stop it from spreading.
Loose Teeth-Some patients may have an extremely loose permanent tooth and extraction speeds the process of the tooth falling out.
Overcrowding-Typically, this occurs when a patient needs orthodontic treatment and there is not enough room for the teeth to shift and realign.
Stubborn baby teeth-In kids, the baby tooth does not fall out in time to create a space for the new permanent teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth-Wisdom teeth below the gum, or impacted, cause gum pain and swelling.
Post trauma-After an accident, the trauma to the tooth may be so severe that a tooth extraction is recommended.
Prepping for an extraction
When it comes to preparing for an extraction, the first step for patients in Jupiter, FL to take is to have a consultation with your dentist. It is typical to have an x-ray of the tooth/teeth in question. Open communication with your dentist about all medications you are taking, including any supplements, is necessary to ensure the best possible outcome. Equally important, during your consultation, share any medical conditions you have, like diabetes, heart disease, or hypertension, so your dentist has a clear view of your medical history and current treatment plan. Abstain from tobacco use before and after the procedure. In the event you become sick before your extraction, make your dentist aware -- they may recommend rescheduling the procedure. It is highly likely your dentist will want to make arrangements for someone to drive you home afterward.
How is tooth extraction performed?
Tooth extraction is the forced removal of a tooth. During your consultation, your dentist will review both your medical and dental history including any medications you are taking. To provide a more comfortable experience, local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical. During a simple extraction, the dentist uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth. The instrument loosens the supporting areas of the tooth and expands its socket, allowing the tooth to be pulled easily. It is typical to feel some pressure during the pulling, but the anesthesia protects against feeling pain. After the tooth has been pulled, gauze is used to stop bleeding from the tooth socket. With impacted wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction is required when the tooth has not erupted through the gum. The dentist will make an incision along the gum line to expose the covered tooth, and then the extraction can take place. In this case, general anesthesia is used to reduce the patient’s pain level.
After the extraction
Recovery time following a tooth extraction is typically a couple of days. As always, it is imperative to follow your dentist’s post-care instructions. During the first 24 hours, relax and give yourself time to heal. Ice packs applied directly to the cheek are great tools for reducing swelling of the area. Pain relievers will help with any discomfort. Eat soft foods and try to avoid anything too spicy or hot or cold. While brushing your teeth, take care to not brush the incision site until your dentist gives the go ahead. Your dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth with salt water after the first day or two. Pain that lasts for several days as well as signs of infection, fever, pain, or puss from the incision site, are not typical. Call your dentist and request an appointment as soon as possible.
Filling the space
You may be asking yourself, “What happens to the space where I once had a tooth?” If you had wisdom teeth pulled or overcrowding, then you do not need to do anything else. However, if you had a tooth removed because it was damaged or infected, you most likely will want to replace it with a dental implant. SEDA Dental of Jupiter, FL will provide you with information for your next step to ensure you are happy with your appearance.
SEDA Dental of Jupiter performs dental extractions and wisdom teeth removal, led by a skilled team of dental professionals. If you are concerned about a tooth or your wisdom teeth, we encourage you to call or schedule a consultation with SEDA Dental of Jupiter today.
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