If a tooth cannot be fixed with a restoration, we may recommend that you get an extraction. An extraction may also be necessary when there is a problem with severe decay. Other reasons for extractions include making room to treat the teeth orthodontically or to remove unnecessary teeth, such as the very back molars or wisdom teeth.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Generally, a tooth is extracted in one of 2 ways. We can either perform a simple extraction or prescribe a surgical extraction. When a simple extraction is performed, we will numb the site, loosen the tooth with a tool called an elevator, and then remove the tooth with forceps. During a surgical extraction, a small incision will be made into the gum to remove the underlying tooth. In some instances, we may have to cut the tooth in half to extract it. A surgical extraction is often recommended if a tooth has broken off at the gumline or has not fully emerged. During a simple extraction, we will numb the extraction site to make you feel more comfortable. We usually use an intravenous anesthesia during a surgery. If an IV sedation is used, you will need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure.
After Extraction Care
After the removal of a tooth, it will take a few days to a couple weeks for the site to heal. The most important thing to remember, after an extraction, is to keep the site clean to prevent any problems with infection. After an extraction, we will place a piece of gauze to limit the bleeding while the clotting takes place. According to the BMJ, some oozing will occur from a tooth socket, for up to 24 hours after an extraction. If bleeding lasts longer, you should contact our office. Also, it is important to refrain from brushing the extraction site for 24 hours. If a blood clot dislodges, called a dry socket, you need to contact us as well.
Do you believe you need to have a tooth removed, or have you been told that you need an extraction? If so, give us a call now to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.
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