Our teeth are supposed to last us a lifetime, but decay can make them weak or even infected. In these cases, they will need to be pulled. Teeth which have been very badly damaged and cannot be fixed using a different treatment will also need to be extracted. Teeth can also become overly crowded which usually occurs from the eruption of wisdom teeth, this is also a common reason for teeth extractions. When a root canal is not successful and the tooth roots are too damaged, the tooth will also likely be pulled. If gum disease has caused the tooth to loosen it will probably be extracted.
Where the tooth is located, why it needs to be extracted, and the overall health of the tooth will all affect what takes place during the extraction procedure. In a simple extraction, where the tooth is easily accessible, the gum area will be anesthetized and the tooth will be removed using specially designed instruments which grip the tooth. When a tooth is impacted or broken, an incision into the gums may be necessary. Many patients ask to be sedated for this type of procedure. In this situation the tooth is usually taken out in pieces rather than in one large chunk.
At the practice, the dentist uses trusted pain management techniques designed to assist with ensuring any discomfort felt will be minimal. Following the procedure, patients can may want to use pain medications and ice packs to manage the discomfort and inflammation.
The initial healing period takes roughly 1 to 2 weeks. New bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap. Having a tooth missing and not filling the gap with an implant can cause the remaining teeth to shift however. This affects a person’s bite and can make it difficult to chew. Usually, the dentist will recommend replacing the missing tooth.
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