Although we expect our permanent teeth to remain in place for the duration of our lives, this isn’t always possible. Sometimes it is medically-necessary to remove a tooth in order to preserve dental health.
Continue reading to learn all about tooth extractions, including reasons for pulling a permanent tooth, and what patients can expect during and after the procedure.
What Are the Reasons for Tooth Extractions?
Tooth extractions are often recommended when a tooth is damaged beyond the point of repair. This is often the case for teeth with significant decay or teeth that have endured a trauma.
A crowded mouth may warrant pulling a permanent tooth to make room for an orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions are also performed on teeth that cannot breakthrough the gums because they do not have sufficient room in the mouth.
Infection is another reason your dentist may extract a tooth. Especially if the infection cannot be treated with a root canal or antibiotics.
Finally, tooth extractions may be indicated for immune-compromised patients that are at risk for infection.
What Can Patients Expect from a Tooth Extraction Procedure?
Prior to a tooth extraction, your dentist will inject a local anesthetic to numb the area. In some cases, general anesthesia may be administered.
For teeth that are impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue and use forceps to gently remove the tooth. He will then pack the socket with a gauze pad and may suture the gum tissue with dissolvable stitches.
What to Do After Having a Tooth Pulled
After undergoing tooth extractions, patients will need to rest and recover for several days.
During this time, they should:
- Take pain medication as directed
- Leave gauze in place for three-to-four hours and change before it becomes saturated
- Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time to reduce swelling
- Avoid rinsing for the first 24 hours, smoking, and drinking out of a straw
Learn More About Tooth Extractions
For additional information about tooth extractions, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented dental providers.