A tooth extraction is a widespread dental procedure that patients often need for various reasons, such as extensive damage or decay. Getting rid of bacteria and promoting better oral health are only some of the numerous benefits that come with extracting a problem tooth.
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure during which your tooth is completely removed from its socket. Sometimes, people refer to this as “pulling" a tooth.
Healthcare providers know that it's best to keep your natural teeth whenever possible. Sometimes, other treatments like fillings or crowns aren't enough. If the tooth is too damaged to repair, then removal might be the only solution left. Your dentist may recommend extraction if you have:
After your dentist has assessed your tooth and gums, they will also take dental x-rays to ascertain the severity of the damage. Be sure to tell your dentist about any medications, vitamins or supplements you are taking. Once all information is gathered, treatment and sedation options will be discussed with you in detail.
Depending on how complex the surgery is, you can either be put under a local or general anaesthetic. If it's just a simple extraction where we can see the tooth in your mouth, then you'll only need a local anaesthetic. After the anaesthetic has been injected, your dentist will ask you if the numbness has set in. Once it has, they will proceed to widen your tooth socket before removing your tooth. You may feel a slight pulling sensation as the tooth is gently removed but the anaesthesia should alleviate the pain. Please inform your dentist if you feel any discomfort, so that they can numb the area again.
Your dentist should provide you with an aftercare package or set of instructions. Key points may include:
The healing process after your extraction will take approximately two weeks. Depending on the procedure, your aftercare routine may vary. It is essential to leave the blood clot in its place (the tooth socket) during this time as if it dislodges, a dry socket can form - which is incredibly painful. To recover quickly and without any complications, only eat soft foods for a while after your procedure. Biting into anything hard could damage the tooth or set back healing. The following food items are generally safe: