What You Need To Know About Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are a safe procedure that millions undergo each year. Our dental team at The Toothbooth is highly trained and experienced in providing quality care that ensures the health of our patients. Continue reading on to learn what you need to know about tooth extractions.
Why Tooth Extractions Are Performed
Despite the dentist and patient’s best efforts, a tooth may need to be removed. This can be for a number of reasons. The most common reason a tooth is extracted is due to severe damage or decay that prevents the tooth from being salvaged. Another reason is an impacted wisdom tooth that will cause further harm to an individual’s oral health. Dentists also may need to remove teeth in order to make room for braces or other appliances. An infected tooth needs to be extracted to avoid the spread of infection.
What Happens During An Extraction
If the affected tooth has already erupted, then the dentist will only need to pull out the tooth. However, if it is not fully erupted, then the tooth will need to be removed with the help of an oral surgeon. An anesthetic or sedation will be provided prior to the surgery in order to avoid any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
What Happens Afterwards
After the tooth is successfully removed, the dentist will pack the area with gauze in order to help with bleeding. Your mouth will form a blood clot that helps with the healing process. You may be prescribed medication to avoid pain during the healing.
What About The Missing Tooth?
Depending on where the tooth was located, you may need to think about getting a restoration. Our dental office offers a wide range of restorative options including implants.