A tooth extraction is a procedure that involves removing a tooth to improve a patient’s oral health. Saving a tooth is always the main objective but sometimes removing it is best. Teeth suffering from severe decay, gum disease, damage, and crowding need to be removed. A proper dental exam along with an X-ray help to determine how to best assess the situation. If a tooth extraction is needed, the area is numbed and the tooth is removed. We then use sutures to promote healing and schedule a follow-up appointment to remove the stitches and examine the area.
When is a tooth extraction common?
Wisdom teeth are very common to extract. Some patients may notice pain as the wisdom tooth is trying to emerge. While, others are not bothered by them. It is important to note that removing wisdom teeth is essential for your oral health. Wisdom teeth can cause future dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and overcrowding. Most patients do not have enough space to accommodate the wisdom teeth which causes the other teeth the shift unnaturally.
Is this a simple procedure?
Tooth extraction is performed two ways depending on how the tooth is positioned:
Simple Extraction – These extractions involve pulling the tooth with two tools called an elevator and forceps.
Surgical Extraction – This extraction involves more steps to remove the tooth if it is broken or not fully emerged. A small incision is made into the gum to cut the tooth in half for removal.
How should I treat the extraction afterwards?
Post-treatment is important to properly heal. Wait 24 hours before brushing your teeth and chew on the opposite side of the affected area. Rinse gently with salt water to clean the area after meals. Brush your teeth on day 2 but be careful not to irritate the affected area. Use ice packs and over-the-counter medication to alleviate swelling and pain. This procedure is safe and complications are rare. However, contact our dental office or go to the nearest hospital if you experience:
- Swelling that gets worse
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excessive bleeding
- The extraction area becomes painful
Routine dental exams will help determine or even prevent a tooth extraction. Schedule yours today. Call (617) 566-0308 or book an appointment now.