Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a damaged or problematic tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This frequently performed procedure is typically executed by a skilled professional such as an oral surgeon, periodontist, or general dentist.
When Is A Tooth Extraction Recommended?
As a dental professional, the decision to recommend a tooth extraction is not taken lightly. The keyword "necessary" plays an important role in determining when this procedure is recommended. If a tooth has been severely damaged due to decay or trauma and cannot be restored with fillings or crowns, it may be necessary to extract it. Additionally, if overcrowding of teeth causes misalignment or bite problems that impact overall oral health, extractions may also be necessary. In some cases where the infection has spread deeply into the root canal of a tooth and cannot be treated with antibiotics, extraction may also become necessary as part of the treatment plan. If a tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. Some patients also choose to get their teeth removed because they are unhappy with their smile alignment and want to have braces installed. Ultimately, each case must be evaluated on an individual basis, and all other options for restoration or preservation must be considered before making such recommendations to ensure optimal patient outcomes have been achieved.
How Is Tooth Extraction Done?
Before extraction, your dentist will apply a numbing agent to your gums. This will help reduce the pain during the procedure. Then the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth in the socket. Next, the dentist will rock it back and forth gently until it comes out. Sometimes a dentist will place stitches to close the gum or pack gauze into the socket if there is a lot of bleeding. Typically the recovery time is about a week.
After the procedure, avoid brushing the area and smoking, as it can slow down the healing process. Also, do not drink alcohol or consume food that is too hot or cold, as it can cause a painful reaction in your mouth. If, for some reason, you have severe complications or are in pain even after treatment, see your dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to prescribe medication to help with your recovery process.
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