What is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth.
Teeth are extracted due to various reasons such as:
- Tooth damage
- Tooth decay
- Extremely loose tooth
- Tooth unable to erupt through the gum
- Baby teeth have not fallen out in time and maybe restricting the eruption of permanent teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth in the mouth
- Impacted wisdom teeth which cause gum swelling and pain.
It is necessary to talk to your dentist about what to expect before getting an extraction. Your dentist will tell you if the tooth extraction is right for you and may give you instructions to follow during and after the extraction.
Who does the Tooth Extraction?
If you need to have a tooth extraction, your general dentist may do it, or he/she may refer you to a specialist if needed.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Before removing your tooth, the dentist will review your medical history and your dental history.
It is important to mention any medications or supplements that you are taking. If you are taking any blood thinners or have any allergies to medication, make sure your dentist is aware of it.
One of more x-rays are taken to determine how the tooth is sitting and how close it is to structures in the mouth.
On the appointment day, the dentist will give the patient anesthesia to numb the affected tooth and its surrounding areas. The patient’s mouth will remain numb for a few hours after the extraction.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare: Healing and Recovery
After any type of tooth extraction, you need to follow the instructions given by the dentist for oral care, including the following tips:
- Take care of your teeth. Avoid brushing teeth immediately next to the area of tooth extraction on the first day after the treatment, but do brush the rest of your teeth.
- Two days following a tooth extraction, obtain a good oral care routine.
- Eat soft foods. After extraction, drink lots of liquids, eat soft and nutritious foods. Do not drink hot or alcoholic beverages. Avoid using a straw.
- For the first few days after the procedure limit your diet to soft foods, and try chewing food on the opposite side of the extraction site.
- Later on, when you find it comfortable, you must resume chewing on both sides of your mouth.
- Medication. Follow the instructions of your dentist, if he/she has prescribed medicine to control pain or to prevent infections, use it only as directed. In case, the pain medication prescribed does not seem to work for you- inform your dentist.
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