Tooth extraction is a dental treatment that removes your tooth entirely from its socket. This is sometimes known as pulling a tooth. If your tooth has been severely damaged and cannot be repaired, it may need to be removed. If you have issues like severe tooth decay or cavities, a cracked tooth, a tooth that is impacted, teeth that are crowded, or severe gum disease, our team at The Dentist on Boones Ferry may advise you to have a tooth extracted.
Advantages of Extractions
Tooth extraction has several advantages. Most significantly, it lowers the number of dangerous bacteria in your mouth, which can hurt your teeth and gums. A decayed or broken tooth may wreak havoc on your smile if left untreated, resulting in a cascade of issues. The greatest chance for excellent dental health is to have your impacted tooth removed. Additionally, if your tooth is badly fractured or diseased, tooth extraction can help relieve dental discomfort almost immediately.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Our dentist will first sedate you with either local or general anesthesia. If you have excessive dental anxiety, you will most likely be sedated. However, it is still dependent on your medical state. The dentist will loosen the tooth from the gum tissues to permit extraction. The loosening of the tooth will be accomplished with a periotome, which is a blade-like instrument. The gum tissues around the tooth will be expanded much further to release the tooth even more. An elevator can also be used for the same reason. The goal of loosening your tooth is to ensure that the extraction is smooth and there is no pain, comfort, or pressure, when it is being extracted. It also ensures that the dentist does not hurt adjacent gum tissues.
For the extraction, a pair of forceps-like tools will be employed. They will grip your tooth before the dentist begins to rock them back and forth to separate the root from the surrounding tissues. In the socket of the removed tooth, a clot develops. The dentist will place a gauze pad over it and instruct you to bite on it gently. Clotting is a natural part of the rehabilitation process. It accelerates healing and lowers the likelihood of developing dry socket.
What Occurs After a Tooth Extraction?
After the dental extraction, make sure you follow all of the aftercare recommendations provided by our dentist. Avoid hard-to-chew foods during the first several weeks, and brush and floss lightly near the surgery region.
Recovering After a Tooth Extraction
The complexities of your case determine the recovery period. However, recovery and healing times vary from person to person, but you should be prepared for what to expect following your treatment. If you have any questions, ask our dental specialists. They will provide you with the best aftercare guidance for your unique needs.
When a baby tooth is extracted, a permanent tooth grows in its place. A permanent tooth that is removed will never grow back. You can have the lost tooth replaced with an implant if you choose. Our dentist will be able to inform you of your choices.
Visit our dental office at The Dentist on Boones Ferry to find out about dental extractions. Give us a call at (971) 377-1208 to schedule an appointment.