What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction – dental extraction – is the removal of one or more teeth from the mouth.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
You may need to have one or more teeth removed for many reasons; however, the most common reason is damage to your tooth through injury or decay. First, please know, Dr. Taylor always works to restore your damaged tooth before recommending a tooth extraction, but sometimes, the damage is beyond repair, and it becomes necessary to remove the tooth. Other reasons for a dental extraction include
- Malposition – Teeth erupt improperly, such as wisdom teeth.
- Overcrowding – Teeth do not fit properly in your mouth. Lack of space usually results in removal of wisdom teeth.
- Cosmetic – Teeth extraction will enhance your appearance or prepare your mouth for orthodontic treatments to enhance your appearance.
- Extra Teeth – Occasionally, extra teeth will grow in your mouth. If so, a tooth extraction allows for adequate positioning and function of your regular teeth. Wisdom Teeth is a good example.
How is a Tooth Extracted?
Based on the position of your tooth, Dr. Taylor will use one of two extraction procedures:
- Simple extraction – Dr. Taylor uses this procedure when your tooth is visible above your gum line. Dr. Taylor administers a local anesthetic around the area of the surgical site. Once numb, Dr. Taylor loosens the tooth by working it back and forth in the socket until he can remove the tooth effectively. Once removed, Dr. Taylor places gauze in the extraction site. He will instruct you to keep pressure on the area for the next 30 minutes, allowing a blood clot to form.
- Surgical extraction – When your tooth lies below the gum line and has not yet erupted, known as an impacted tooth, Dr. Taylor will use surgical extraction to remove the tooth. Although similar to a simple extraction, surgical extraction has three differences: First, in addition to a local anesthetic, you will also have the option of oral sedation. Second, before Dr. Taylor extracts your tooth, he makes an incision in your gums to allow access to the tooth. Third, if your tooth is in an awkward position, it may be necessary for Dr. Taylor to break the tooth into pieces for easier removal.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, from wisdom tooth pain, to trauma, to oral sports injury, contact The Mount Pleasant Dentist immediately! They will get you out of pain quickly, and provide proper solutions for your individual condition.
What can I Expect after a Tooth Extraction?
As with any surgical procedure, immediately following your tooth extraction, it is normal to experience swelling and discomfort. The following suggestions, in addition to your post-operative instructions from The Mount Pleasant Dentist, help your body to heal properly and minimize your discomfort.
- Take an over the counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as directed, to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Place an ice pack on the outside of the surgical site for 15 minutes at a time to further reduce swelling.
- Refrain from smoking, sipping through a straw, or participating in strenuous activities during the first 24 hours.
- Avoid hot or cold foods and liquids, as well as hard foods. Eat only soft foods: gelatin, pudding, oatmeal, soup, bananas, etc. until it is comfortable to chew more solid foods.
No one really wants to experience a tooth extraction, but when necessary to maintain overall dental care, Dr. Taylor and his dental team will make the experience as pleasant as possible for you.