Dental extractions may be needed for several reasons and your dentist will explain why the decision to remove a tooth was made. In the event of a tooth extraction, it’s best to be prepared. Don’t worry, Premier Dental Associates is here to help! Let’s look at our dental extraction guide:
What Causes a Tooth Extraction?
The following can cause a dental extraction:
- Tooth Trauma: Such as a sports accident, where a tooth has been broken.
- Tooth Decay and Infection: When decay was not treated in-time and has spread into the inner layers of a tooth, ultimately causing an infection.
- Crowded Teeth: When the alignment of teeth is affected, you may need extractions. This is often performed in conjunction with orthodontic procedures, such as braces.
- Gum Disease: Periodontal disease causes your gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. These pockets can easily become infected and break down a tooth’s bones and tissue.
- Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted when they cause discomfort or are impacted.
- Baby Teeth: When a person’s baby teeth did not fall out, dental extractions are needed.
Types of Dental Extractions
There are two types of dental extractions:
- Simple: Simple extractions are done when the tooth is visible. A local anesthetic is usually used during this type of dental extraction. In order to remove the tooth, it is first loosened with a tool called the elevator. The dentist will then extract the tooth with forceps.
- Surgical: Surgical extractions are performed when a tooth is either underneath the gums or slightly poking through the gums. An oral surgeon usually performs this type of extraction for wisdom teeth beneath the gum line.
After receiving a dental extraction, please follow the below steps carefully. It is important to take proper care of your tooth after a dental extraction to avoid any complications or infections.
- Immediately After Extraction: Keep gauze pad on the area of extraction and apply pressure. You may need to change the gauze and repeat when necessary until the bleeding suppresses. It is common to see facial swelling as well.
- First 24-Hours: Please do not drink from a straw, brush your teeth, or rinse them. Also, avoid spicy foods and only eat foods that are soft or liquid.
- After the First 24-Hours: Rinse your mouth with a salt water mixture, three times a day. Any applied stitches will dissolve in about 7-10 days.
To learn more about post-op dental instructions, visit our guide here.
At Premier Dental Associates, our patients’ oral health is our top concern. If you feel any gum or tooth discomfort, please contact us right away at 212-587-0202! Our dental experts are always happy to assist your dental needs.