Tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures performed by dentists. There are a number of reasons why you may need a tooth extracted.
• A tooth may be too badly damaged by decay to fix with a filling.
• A tooth may be cracked or damaged in a way that cannot be fixed with a crown.
• Impacted wisdom teeth often need to be removed.
• A tooth may be blocking other teeth from coming in.
• An infection may be present, and your dentist needs to remove the tooth to treat the infection.
Tooth replacement options after an extraction
If your dentist has recommended an extraction due to severe decay or crowding, there are a few tooth replacement options to consider. A dental implant could be the ideal restoration for your smile.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. These titanium roots can bond with your bone tissue, creating a stable foundation for your tooth replacement. In addition to being stable, dental implants are relatively comfortable compared to other tooth replacement options.
How to prevent needing a dental extraction
While extractions are necessary in some cases, they can be avoided with proper care. The best way to keep your teeth healthy and avoid extractions is to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing after each meal, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can greatly reduce your chances of needing extractions.
Types of dental extractions
There are two main types of dental extractions, which are:
• Simple extraction: This is the removal of a tooth that is visible above the gum line.
• Surgical extraction: This is the removal of a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline.
Tooth extraction procedure
If you need a tooth extracted, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. If the tooth has broken off at the gum line, we will have to expose the tooth root from below the gum line and then extract it. In case of a simple extraction, your dentist will use forceps to loosen the tooth and remove it gently.
Post-operative care after an extraction
After you've had a tooth extracted, it's important to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist. Doing so helps ensure that your body heals properly.
For a few days following the procedure, eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the extraction site. You may also need to take an over-the-counter pain reliever (like ibuprofen) to reduce any mild discomfort or swelling you may experience.
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