Tooth Extraction Process
There are two types of tooth extraction procedures that your dentist can recommend: simple and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are done under local anesthesia and are mainly performed on a visible tooth.
On the other hand, surgical extractions can be more involved. Your dentist may consider this option if they cannot easily access the tooth. This mainly occurs when the tooth is impacted or broken. In a surgical extraction, the dentist may perform an incision to raise the tissue covering the impacted tooth. They may also have to remove the tooth in several pieces.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extractions may be necessary when a tooth is severely infected, broken beneath the gums, damaged or crowded in place. It can also help with periodontal disease and gum infections caused by bacteria. Tooth extraction may be needed to make space for orthodontic treatment or to preserve teeth after an accident like a car crash. Your dental provider will assess your mouth and gums before recommending extraction to make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure.
Can I Be Put to Sleep for My Extraction?
Yes, depending on the tooth to be extracted, your dentist may refer you to a specialist like an oral surgeon who can offer multiple sedation options. With dental sedation, you will not feel any pulling, discomfort, or pain. To ensure you are safe, the dental care team will closely monitor your vitals.
If you are at risk of complications, your oral surgeon can recommend having the procedure done in a setting to ensure that they will be ready to handle any emergency.
What Can I Expect Before and After the Procedure?
Depending on the type of extraction, your dentist can use local anesthesia to numb it. This will prevent sharp pain during the procedure. If you are using local anesthesia, you can expect to feel some pulling as the dentist tries to pull out the teeth.
After the extraction, you will experience some bleeding, and your dentist will place gauze on the sock to absorb the blood. They will also advise you on how to take care of the socket to reduce the risk of infection and speed up recovery.
What Is a Dry Socket and I can I Prevent It?
It is normal to develop a blood clot where the tooth was extracted. The clot protects and heals the nerve ending and underlying bones. The blood clot should stay intact until you are fully healed. However, there are times when the clot can get dislodged. This causes a dry socket which is very painful and uncomfortable. To prevent getting a dry socket, you should:
• Avoid using a straw
• Try not to smoke or use tobacco
• Maintain good oral hygiene
What Can I Eat After a Tooth Extraction?
During the first 24 hours after an extraction, it is vital that you only eat soft foods and some liquids. Some easy to chew foods that you can consider are:
• Cottage Cheese
• Mashed Potatoes
• Ice cream