A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Simple extractions, performed on visible teeth in the mouth, and surgical extractions, performed on impacted or partially erupted teeth, are the two types of extractions. A dentist or an oral surgeon typically performs tooth extractions Fairfield.
How to prepare for a tooth extraction
To prepare for tooth extraction, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon. Some common steps to take include:
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your medical history, any medications you are taking, and any allergies you may have.
- Inform your dentist if you have any bleeding disorders or are taking blood-thinning medications.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, as the effects of the anesthesia can last for several hours.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything for several hours before the procedure, as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
- Bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, including dosages and frequency.
- Inform your dentist of any dental or medical conditions that may affect the extraction.
When you have your tooth extracted, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon to ensure proper healing. Some common instructions include:
- Bite firmly on the gauze placed over the extraction site for 30-45 minutes after the procedure to help stop any bleeding.
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area to help reduce swelling.
- Take any prescribed pain medication as directed.
- Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and rinsing your mouth vigorously for 24 hours after the extraction to reduce the risk of bleeding and dry socket.
- Eat soft foods and avoid hot liquids for 24-48 hours.
- Brush your teeth gently, but avoid the extraction site.
- If you have severe pain, persistent bleeding, or signs of infection, contact your dentist or oral surgeon right away.
Follow these instructions to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.
Reasons to get a tooth extraction
Tooth extractions may be necessitated by the following:
- Decay: A tooth that is severely decayed may be beyond repair and need to be extracted.
- Crowding: A tooth causing crowding in the mouth may need to be extracted to make room for other teeth.
- Impacted teeth: Teeth that do not fully emerge from the gums, such as wisdom teeth, may need to be extracted to prevent infection or damage to surrounding teeth.
- Gum Disease: Advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become loose and may require extraction.
- Orthodontic treatment: Some people may need to have one or more teeth extracted to make room for the movement of other teeth during orthodontic treatment.
- Injury: A tooth severely damaged by injury may need to be extracted to prevent infection or further damage.
- Malignancy: a tooth may need to be extracted in case of malignancy or cancerous growth in the jaw.
Your dentist at Freedom Dental can discuss the best options for you based on your specific case.