What to Expect with Tooth Extractions
Extractions are actually a very routine procedure that have a very low risk of long-term complications. The procedure in itself is actually painless when performed by dentists or oral surgeons, and even the recovery process is usually equally simple.
Causes for Tooth Extractions
There are so many different reasons why a dentist would recommend a Tooth Extraction of one or multiple teeth. The most common reasons are usually due to a tooth having severe tooth decay and it’s past the stage of being able to be saved.
Some dentists can also recommend Tooth Extraction when there is an impacted tooth, malfunctioning teeth or even teeth that may be hard to clean, such as the wisdom teeth. Removal of the wisdom teeth will prevent overcrowding that can be more prone to inflammation or infection.
The Procedure for Tooth Extractions
Typically Tooth Extractions are procedures that last about 10-15 minutes. The tooth, gum and bone will then be numbed using a local numbing agent. Once the procedure begins, the patients should feel only pressure and no sharp pain. Most dentists and surgeons can remove the tooth using only applied pressure to the socket and to the dental forceps instead of having to use any surgical interventions.
In more severe cases, your dentist or oral surgeon will have to recommend a full sedation option. This is more commonly used if it is a complicated extraction or if multiple teeth are to be removed at one time more than one time. The patient will be given anesthesia through an IV and will have no memory of this procedure.
Tooth Extractions – Recovery
Following the procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon will have a specific set of instructions for caring for the extraction site in the hours and the days that follow the tooth removal. Usually, this involves leaving the gauze on the extraction site in order to minimize the bleeding of it for the first few hours.
Depending on the Tooth Extraction performed, your dentist or oral surgeon may also prescribe some different medication that will help to relieve pain for the first few after the procedure has been completed. It’s important for the extraction site to be kept clean and for the patients to follow the instructions for care; this allows the gums to heal in a matter of weeks without any complications or infections. Depending on the situation and patient, it may be necessary for the dentist to replace one or more missing teeth either with a bridge, denture, or permanent dental implant once the extraction site heals. This can help improve function but would also look more esthetically pleasing to the patient.