The term “extraction” may concern you, but it essentially means taking a tooth out, so you don’t experience pain and health issues in the future.
Wis’dom teeth are commonly extracted during the late teen years, because, otherwise, they can cause symptoms such as pain, pressure, and overcrowding. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted if there isn’t enough room for growth. That’s why extracting them is an acceptable solution. However, wisdom teeth are not the only ones commonly extracted. When a tooth has severe decay or extensive damage, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.
Experienced dentists like Dr. Binder take every step necessary to reduce pain and decrease the risk of future problems when performing tooth extractions.
Here is what you need to know before undergoing a tooth extraction.
How a Tooth Extraction Is Performed
A tooth can be extracted in a few ways. The extraction type depends on the tooth you’re having removed. For instance, if it’s a tooth that’s fully grown in, your dentist will perform a simple extraction. With this procedure, the dentist will use a device called an elevator to lift the tooth from the root. Then, they will use forceps to further remove the tooth.
On the other hand, if your dentist is removing a wisdom tooth that hasn’t fully surfaced, they will need to make an incision to access and remove the tooth. The incision will then be closed with dissolving stitches.
In some cases, wisdom teeth that have not surfaced become impacted, which means the tooth is stuck behind something that is preventing it from surfacing properly. In such situations, surgical removal of the tooth becomes necessary. This procedure is generally performed by an experienced oral surgeon.
Most people find out they need an extraction after consulting with a dentist. Your dentist will do a thorough exam to determine if the tooth can be saved or if an extraction is necessary. Once this determination has been made, your dentist will give you details on why this is necessary and when the extraction can be done. In a lot of cases, the tooth can be removed right then and there during your appointment. In some cases, you may need to schedule another appointment and arrange for a ride back home.
If your extraction will involve wisdom teeth, X-rays will likely be necessary. If the wisdom teeth have not yet surfaced but are not obstructed under the gums, you will need to get them removed at the dentist’s office under mild sedation. Finally, if the wisdom teeth that need to be extracted are impacted, a more detailed discussion and planning for surgical removal will be required.
Pain Relief During the Procedure
Generally, dentists recommend a local anesthetic for a simple extraction. Most patients get a shot near the extraction site, and within a few minutes, the tooth is extracted without any pain. However, if you have dental anxiety over the process, your practitioner may suggest a sedative, as well, so you remain calm during the extraction.
With surgical extraction, you need either a sedative or general anesthesia. You’ll discuss these options with your dentist prior to the procedure, so you may plan accordingly.
Tooth Extraction Healing Process
After the extraction, you’ll likely have some degree of pain. Your dentist will prescribe a pain reliever or recommend you take an over-the-counter reliever for a few days following the extraction.
Immediately following the procedure, your dentist may situate gauze over the site to manage bleeding. You’ll also receive instructions on how to take care of the extraction site until it heals completely. Typically, you’ll notice that a blood clot will form soon after the extraction, which is normal. This will protect the nerves and tissue until the wound completely heals.
If you don’t develop a blood clot, if it dislodges, or if it dissolves prematurely, you have what’s known as a dry socket. This can cause pain and interfere with the healing process. It rarely causes any complications, though. You should, however, contact your dentist for advice to ensure the socket heals completely.
Tooth Extraction by Experienced Dentist in Eugene, Oregon
Whether you have a decayed or damaged tooth or need general dentistry services, Dr. Binder has years of experience and is ready to help. Dr. Binder takes every step possible to make dental services that may be daunting for some patients, such as extractions, as comfortable and complication-free as possible.
Contact 360 Dental, serving Eugene and the nearby region, for an appointment. Call (541) 689-1645 or use our online appointment booking tool.