While no one wants to think about a tooth extraction, they are necessary sometimes. Of course, if it is at all possible, Dr. Dustin Lee will use methods to save a damaged tooth or one with decay. There are plenty of options for preserving natural teeth, especially if a problem is caught soon enough. But there are also times when an accident occurs, and a tooth gets so badly damaged it is irreparable. Sometimes an abscess occurs and there is no physical evidence until it’s too late. While these are rare for those who continue with regular checkups, they do happen. In these types of cases, tooth extractions are necessary.
Most Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are more common than many people realize, but the most common reasons are not because a tooth is damaged or decayed. Oftentimes, teeth are removed prior to getting orthodontic treatments like braces. Removing teeth that are causing crowding allows other teeth more room to be adjusted back into proper alignment. Many people also have to have their wisdom teeth removed. This is very common. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to emerge and they can become impacted or infected.
Other reasons include a tooth damaged in an accident or a fall. If the tooth cannot be repaired, it is removed. Teeth that are overcome by decay are also pulled. In these instances, there are replacement options. A dentist can use a bridge and crown to replace a lost tooth. For others, a partial denture is a suitable treatment option.
Two Types of Tooth Extractions
There are basically two ways for dentists to remove a tooth. A simple extraction or surgical removals are the two ways teeth are extracted. Either way, San Bruno dentists use medication, so you do not feel any pain. They may also provide sedation dentistry to help alleviate dental anxiety.
Simple Tooth Extractions
When the tooth that needs removal is visible, a simple extraction is performed. This method is usually used for removing teeth before orthodontic treatment, or to remove teeth to allow more room in the mouth. Most of the time, a damaged or decayed tooth can be removed using a simple extraction. The patient is given local anesthesia to deaden the area before the tooth is pulled. Following the procedure, over-the-counter medication is adequate for pain management.
Surgical Tooth Extractions
When the tooth or teeth that need to be removed are not visible, a surgical extraction is necessary. This method is commonly used for wisdom teeth removal or in situations where a tooth has broken off. General anesthesia is administered when the surgical extraction is performed. There are some cases where an individual has special medical conditions and require anesthesia to have a tooth pulled. Once the procedure is over, the dentist usually provides a prescription for medication to help with pain management.
What Happens After Tooth Extractions?
No matter what the type of tooth extraction you had, it’s important to follow the dentist’s aftercare instructions. They will give you the specifics for what you should expect and your care. They will probably include things like:
- Dietary Changes: Right after the procedure, it’s best to drink liquids until the anesthesia has completely worn off. After that, the dentist will usually recommend eating only soft foods for the first few days to give the mouth time to heal.
- Oral Care: Right after the tooth extraction, don’t brush the teeth closest to the area where the tooth was pulled. The rest of your teeth should be brushed as usual. Most dentists suggest resuming your regular oral care regimen.
Contact Your Simply Dentistry Team
If you have a tooth that is giving you problems, don’t hesitate to contact Simply Dentistry. If a problem is caught soon enough, it can often be repaired. Make an appointment for an examination today!