Teeth Extractions: How and Why Its Done

Dentist using surgical pliers to remove a decaying tooth in clinic

Teeth are extracted for several reasons. There can be decay on tooth that has reached deep into the tooth, and infection can have destroyed a large portion of tooth and surrounding bone or there could not be enough room for all of your teeth.

Dentists also recommend extracting impacted teeth that only partially erupt as bacteria can enter that tooth causing infection, and the continued pressure from the partially erupted tooth trying to erupt can damage the roots of your teeth. Removing impacted teeth can save you from any future pain as well as prevent infection and damage to teeth.

Tooth Removal Process

Before removal, the dentist performs a thorough review of your dental history and take appropriate X-rays showing the length, position and shape of tooth and surrounding bone. The dentist determines the course of actions, and what type of procedure to perform and may even refer you to an oral surgeon for the extraction.

Before beginning the procedure, the area around the tooth is anesthetized through the use of a local anesthetic in the area which the extraction is taking place.

If the extraction is a simple one, the tooth is loosened with a dental tool called the elevator and then extracted with the use of dental forceps. The dentist may also recontour and smooth the underlying bone and close the area with a stitch once the extraction is finished.

Expectations After Extractions

The area in which the extraction took place must be kept clean to prevent infection. In the 24 hours following the extraction, you should not rinse your mouth vigorously, clean the teeth of the extraction site or smoke.

Certain amount of discomfort or pain is to be expected following an extraction, and if necessary the dentist can prescribe a painkiller for you. An ice pack to the face for fifteen minutes at a time can also help.

Strenuous activity as well as hot liquids should be avoided. Usually the discomfort lessens within three days to two weeks. If the pain and discomfort has not subsided, call your dentist at once about the prolonged swelling, bleeding or pain.

If you would like to learn more about teeth extraction, in Arlington, VA you can visit our website at www.gentlecaredentists.com. Want to contact us directly? Call us at 703-822-5583 or email us at info@gentlecaredentists.com

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