Toothaches and damaged teeth should be tended to immediately, as left untreated, they may result in tooth extractions. Here is our guide on tooth extractions, what to know and how to prepare yourself for it.
There could be many reasons for getting a tooth extraction done. It could be because there is a damaged tooth, because there is over crowding, or because an infection is present. Extractions are usually a relatively routine procedure and can often be done in one sitting. If it is required, there are a few things that could help you prepare for an extraction.
What happens during a tooth extraction procedure?
Tooth extractions are one of the more common forms of dental surgeries and can usually be done on short notice. The procedure begins with a check-up to determine which tooth has to be extracted, where it is located and what is the cause for this. This analysis helps to identify the reason for discomfort and pinpoint which tooth needs treatment.
Once the location of the tooth is determined with accuracy via an examination and x-rays, the dentist will see if it can be extracted in office or if a referral to a specialist is required. If it can be done in office, the area is first numbed with the use of local anesthetic. This prevents any pain from occurring during the procedure and helps make the appointment more comfortable.
Once the anesthetic is injected and the feeling around the extraction area has dulled, the dentist extracts the tooth with the help of special instruments. If the tooth is loose, it will likely take less time than a solid tooth. A tooth that is fixed firmly in bone may take longer to remove and may involve the manipulation of bone and tissue.
Are tooth extractions painful?
Tooth extractions do not usually hurt as local anesthetic is used to numb the area and make it a painless procedure. However, some discomfort is natural as there is often a painless sensation of pressure being applied. If you are uncomfortable during the procedure, let your Town Smiles Dentist know and they will do their best to improve your experience.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The healing process for your discomfort is about one to two weeks, depending on the individual. During this time, it is strongly advised to follow the instructions your dentist has given you to avoid complications during the recovery period. The complete regeneration of tissue and bone can take around four to six months.
Are there any side effects to tooth extraction?
There is a very small chance for side effects to occur. Most side effects can be followed up in office by the dentist who performed the extraction:
- Swollen gums or jaw
- Difficulty with jaw movement
- Unpleasant taste and bad breath
Rarely, these symptoms could be indicative of bigger issues and it is recommended you notify your dentist as soon as you can if symptoms arise that concern you.
Tooth extractions, to sum it up, are a routine procedure and though we hope our patients do not need any, they can help improve oral health in certain situations.