A person's permanent natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, there are several reasons why tooth extraction becomes unavoidable. A few common causes include a badly damaged or infected tooth, a crowded mouth, and other orthodontic or cosmetic reasons.
Here at the Indian Ripple Dental Center, Dr. Stephen Denny will perform a tooth extraction procedure with minimum discomfort thanks to the latest techniques, tools, and anesthesia applied in our practice. Our entire dental team will work hard to deliver you a pleasant, comfortable overall experience.
What Is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Extractions are performed as a last resort when a tooth is beyond restoration and repair. Tooth extraction usually becomes necessary because of tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma, especially when they are linked with toothache. They may also be removed to correct the overcrowding of the teeth or for an orthodontic procedure.
What Is the Process of a Tooth Extraction?
Before an extraction, Dr. Stephen Denny will examine the patient's general health, noting allergies and prescription medications. A dental history is also taken, with specific attention to previous extractions and reactions to anesthetics. If an infection is already present, antibiotics may be prescribed. Before the extraction, we may recommend stopping using certain medications.
An X-ray of the tooth is taken to find out its full structure and position, especially if it is impacted. Tooth extraction could be conducted under local anesthesia if the tooth is exposed and easily removed as a complete piece. A clinical instrument called an elevator is used to loosen the tooth, widen the space in the bone, and detach tiny elastic fibers that attach the tooth to the bone. Once the tooth is separated from the bone, it is gently lifted and removed with forceps.
What Is the After-Extraction Care Provided?
After an extraction, you will be required to bite on a piece of gauze for 20 to 30 minutes. This force will allow the blood to clot. A gentle rinse with warm salt water a few hours after the surgery can help keep the area clean.
Some bleeding and swelling can be expected in the next 24 hours after the extraction. You could press ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Most of the swelling and bleeding will reduce entirely in a few days, and the complete healing will take about two weeks. Also, eat soft and cold foods for a few days after the procedure.
To learn more about our pain-free tooth extraction, we request you to contact us today at (937) 427-1749. We are committed to restoring your overall smile health.