Permanent teeth would ideally last a lifetime but there are occasions where one or several need to be removed or extracted. Depending on the amount and location of the teeth being removed, the dentist can use a local anesthetic to numb the area or a stronger general anesthetic to put you to sleep during the procedure.
What are some reasons for extracting a tooth?
Infection: if a tooth is decayed or severely damaged bacteria can enter the pulp cavity and cause an infection. These infections may be treated by a root canal procedure and antibiotics but occasionally require tooth extraction if that method does not work.
Crowding: teeth crowding causes misalignment and crooked teeth due to lack of space. Dentists may elect to extract crowded teeth to prepare a patients mouth for orthodontic teeth straightening procedures. These orthodontic procedures may not be effective without removing teeth to create space for alignment. Removing teeth in a crowded mouth can also be necessary to prevent infection and decay by making the tooth surfaces easier to clean.
Wisdom Teeth: there are numerous issues that can arise with wisdom tooth eruption or lack of eruption. If wisdom teeth are stuck under the gums, positioned the wrong way, or do not erupt fully they can cause pain, swelling, and infection. Dentists sometimes recommend premptive removal of suspicious wisdom teeth to avoid future issues. Alternatively, wisdom teeth can remain in the mouth as long as they do not develop problems.
Impacted Teeth: similar to wisdom teeth, other teeth may become impacted. An impacted tooth is one that is caught under the gumline, usually from crowding or improper tooth position.
What can you expect if you have to have a tooth extracted?
Before beginning a tooth extraction, your dentist will give you some form of anesthetic. Local anesthetics are injected directly into the area where the tooth is being removed. Sometimes inhalant gas meant to help the patient relax is also used alongside the local anesthetic. General anesthesia is another option in which the patient is entirely asleep for the procedure and cannot feel pain.
What can you expect after you have a tooth extracted?
Patients are advised to rest for the day after having a tooth extracted, particularly if general anesethsia was used. Over the counter or perscription pain medications will be perscribed to keep you comfortable. It is important to avoid hard or extreme temperature foods and ensure you maintain excellent oral hygiene to prevent infection.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why visit the dentist?
The general medical consensus affirms that the average patient should see the dentist roughly once every six months. Unfortunately, many people do not take this seriously because they do not understand the importance of dental checkups. Here are a few reasons why visiting the dentist is important.
- Defends against tooth decay
- Lowers your risk of chronic bad breath.
- Protects against gum disease, (known professionally as Periodontal Disease.)
- Lowers your risk of tooth and bone loss
- Eliminate the stains that develop inevitably due to food, drinks, and tobacco
- Strengthens your teeth, which can improve the quality of your life for years to come.
- Helps you look and feel your best, knowing that you have a healthier and more attractive smile!
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