Your dentist will do everything possible in an attempt to save a damaged tooth. If a tooth poses a threat to the health of your remaining teeth, it is likely that your dentist will recommend an extraction. A tooth extraction can be a scary process without enough information, so it is important to know everything you can prior to the procedure.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are many things that may make tooth extractions necessary. Extreme decay can spread to the other teeth in your mouth, so it will often be necessary to extract a tooth that has suffered extensive decay. Extractions may also become necessary to prepare the way for dentures, to reduce overcrowding, and to remove wisdom teeth. Periodontal disease that has progressed to advanced stages may also require the extraction of a tooth.
How Does a Tooth Extraction Work?
Tooth extractions vary depending on the situation. X-rays will be taken to help the dentist determine the best option. Simple extractions are performed with the use of a local anesthetic. After the anesthetic has been applied, the tooth is extracted with the use of specific tools.
A more complex procedure is necessary when the tooth is underneath the surface of the gum, like wisdom teeth or broken off fractures. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent possible infections. These extractions require more heavy sedation because they are much more intrusive. The dentist will be required to cut into the gum in order to remove the tooth. It is necessary to ensure that you have a ride after the procedure, because you will be unable to drive due to the anesthetic.
After Your Tooth Extraction
Refrain from smoking after the extraction to reduce the chances of infection. Don’t use a straw within 24 hours after the extraction, because it may dislodge the blood clot. This can result in a painful condition known as dry socket. Your dentist will prescribe any necessary pain medication. Make sure to follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions exactly.
The best way to prevent needing an extraction is through vigilant care for your teeth. Ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once. You should also take care to see your dentist regularly. For more information about our tooth extraction services, contact us at Hendersonville Family Dental today.