Preserving the health of your natural teeth is incredibly important. When you lose a natural tooth, you also suffer from irreversible bone loss unless you replace it immediately with a dental implant.
This can cause changes to your bite and facial structure and lead to premature facial sagging. However, there are many circumstances where an extraction is the best way to minimize the damage to your oral health.
At Acacia Dental Care, we only recommend extraction as a last resort, when we are unable to save or repair a tooth. You may need an extraction if you have a severe tooth infection, dental trauma, overcrowding, gum disease, or impaction.
It can take 1 to 3 months to heal from a surgical extraction.
Dr. Brookes will examine your tooth and take x-rays to look at its position in the jaw. If we can’t see impacted teeth with the naked eye, these scans will help show us exactly where they are sitting and if they’re coming in at an angle.
Before performing any extraction, we will always begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. The procedure will not be painful. You will also have the option of additional sedation, especially when it is a surgical extraction. Some patients may be recommended to get wisdom teeth removed in the hospital under general anesthesia depending on the complexity of the case.
In a basic extraction, we loosen your tooth by using a dental elevator to rock it back and forth. This severs ligaments that hold the tooth in place in the socket. Forceps are used to remove the tooth.
The process begins with an incision to the gums to reveal the tooth and cutting additional bone that is blocking the tooth. The tooth is then sectioned and loosened and removed. The gums are placed back and sutured shut.
Avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours following an extraction.
Recovery time after tooth extraction can vary from patient to patient, depending on various factors, including the size and location of the tooth, the complexity of the procedure, a patient’s dental health, and more. On average, it can take a few days to several weeks to recover.
For simple tooth extraction, the recovery process can be relatively short. Your dentist may recommend that you take about two to three days to relax afterward to allow the treated area to clot. The soft tissue should be able to recover after three to four weeks. On the other hand, the recovery process for a surgical extraction will be a little longer.
Generally, there is no limit to the number of teeth that can be extracted at once. Sometimes, this will depend on the individual patient and their particular circumstances. Although having several teeth removed at once is rare, it’s sometimes necessary for people with extreme tooth decay. If multiple teeth need to be extracted safely, you need to visit an experienced oral surgeon in Shorewood, WI.
You need a tooth extraction when a tooth is extensively decayed or too damaged to be repaired. This is especially true if there is severe decay or trauma or when it blocks other teeth from erupting. You may also need to extract a tooth if you’re preparing for orthodontic treatment.
Knowing how to prepare for tooth extraction is important as it helps reduce the stress often associated with the procedure. Here are some important things you can do to prepare for this treatment:
While the chances of getting an infection after tooth extraction are minimal, you can still get it, especially if you fail to follow the recommended post-operative instructions. Here are some signs of infection to watch after an extraction: