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Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. If you are advised to go for a tooth removal process, it can seem a little nerve-wracking at first. However, it is not as complex as it comes to be and is a routinely carried out dental procedure. Dental extractions are performed by an oral surgeon or a board-certified dentist in Essex.
Simple Teeth Extractions
Simple extractions are indicated when a tooth is visible in the oral cavity. It makes the use of specialized tooth extraction forceps and elevators. It is carried out under local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free and comfortable experience. Your dentist will expose the tooth and grab it by forceps to loosen it from its socket. Once it adequately loosened, they will pull the tooth out. At times, sutures may be placed to aid with faster and proper healing. The entire process of simple tooth removal is generally over within 30 minutes; however, it may take more time for complex cases.
In cases where a tooth is not clearly visible in the oral cavity, surgical extractions are carried out. Most commonly, it is performed for impacted wisdom teeth. An oral surgeon will first administer local anesthesia to numb the operating site in surgical extractions. In some situations, IV sedation may also be used to ensure you are comfortable and calm during the process.
Next, they will make a precise cut on the gum to expose the underlying tooth and the jawbone. Elevators and forceps may be used to remove the tooth, which is often followed by the placement of stitches to bring the incised gums back together. Surgical extractions usually take longer than simple extractions and are complex.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Your dentist at Essex Family Dental may recommend tooth extraction in the following situations:
- When a tooth is extensively damaged due to dental decay; where a root canal treatment may not be an option. In such cases, tooth extraction is done, followed by the replacement of extracted teeth with the help of a dental bridge or a dental implant.
- Teeth are also extracted for orthodontic treatment purposes, usually premolars.
- Broken or fractured teeth that cannot be saved with a root canal treatment.
- Teeth associated with cysts or any oral pathology.
- Impacted teeth (most commonly impacted teeth are third molars wisdom tooth).
- Loose teeth.
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How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction?
- Tooth extractions can be daunting, and it is often a good idea to have a family or a friend accompany you during your appointment.
- Although tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure, residual effects of anaesthesia make driving risky. Ensure you have someone to take you home after your procedure.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
- If you have any concerns, fears or questions, please feel free to talk to us.
- Eat good and nutritious food 2 hours before the procedure. Do not be on an empty stomach unless specifically told to do so by your dentist at Essex Family Dental.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
- You may experience some discomfort post extractions. It is normal and to be expected. Take your prescribed medications and painkillers on time to help relieve any discomfort.
- Do not smoke, suck through a straw, spit or rinse your mouth forcefully for up to 24 hours after the procedure.
- Consume soft foods and liquids that are cold or at room temperature.
- If you notice any swelling, use a cold compress from the outside.
- Call us immediately if the bleeding does not stop, or the pain becomes unbearable.
- Do not disturb the extracted site in any way, as you may dislodge the blood clot, which is vital for healing.
- Lastly, please take adequate rest and maintain good oral hygiene.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A general dental examination is a series of procedures where an experienced dentist checks your teeth for problems and reports depending on how severe the pain is.
Toothaches are unbearable, and it is a good idea to get your teeth checked periodically through a dentist to avoid severe problems like tooth decay, infection, or the need for a root canal. A lot of trouble can be avoided by performing regular dental examinations.
Dental examinations are the best way to prevent your teeth from severe problems like tooth decay, infection, or crooked teeth. We offer various services, and they are not limited to listed below. Please reach out to us to learn more about our service offerings.
- Full periodontal exam
- Complete exam of teeth
- A Dental Aesthetic exam
- Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- Assess your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- Consider your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Check your bite and jaw for problems
- Assess your need for fluoride
No, dental extractions are not painful. The dentist will provide local anesthesia, if needed, during the procedure to eliminate the pain.
A root canal procedure might sound painful, but root canal procedures are more sophisticated due to today’s advanced techniques and instruments. The dentist may use local anesthesia to ease the pain. Root canal procedures can be carried out without any pain.
A root canal lasts a lifetime. The root canal treatments are very successful and offer benefits like pleasing aesthetics, restoring the strength and bite power of the teeth, and decreasing the chances of tooth decay or other problems that might need more time, attention, and money.
Our Dental Services includes
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Dentures and Partials
SureSmile (Clear Aligners)
Crowns, Bridges, Veneers