Although our permanent teeth are designed to last for a lifetime, many factors can cause them to be prematurely pulled. Situations such as accidents, trauma, infection, or decay can cause the dentist to extract the teeth.
Though it is a popular dental treatment, the procedure is only done when necessary or when the tooth can’t be salvaged.
The length of the extraction procedure will depend on the type of surgery to be done. The dentist can perform either surgical or simple extractions. Simple extractions are easy and are done on visible teeth while the surgical ones are ideal for impacted teeth.
Before the procedure, the dentist will numb the gums with local anesthesia. In some complex situations, the dentist can use sleep sedation to make you unconscious to make the process bearable. After the tooth is extracted, the dentist will stitch the gums to hasten the healing process.
Emergency tooth extraction is needed when an accident or trauma occurs and the tooth gets dislodged from the socket. Remember, after the tooth breaks, you should not pull it yourself. Only our dentist can decide if the teeth need to be extracted or not.
The healing time will depend on the type of tooth extraction that has been done and the location. But, on average, you should expect a recovery in one to two weeks.
Yes. How you take care of your gum will affect the recovery time. The dentist will give aftercare instructions, and they include:
Yes, at times complications may arise after the teeth are extracted. Dry socket is one of the common complications. After the teeth are pulled, a blood clot will form to facilitate healing. However, when the clot break, it exposes the socket causing pain and affecting the healing process.
Other complications that may arise include swelling, bleeding and pain especially after the anesthesia wears off.
Rarely will severe complications arise, but you need to watch out for chest pain, nausea and vomiting, gum redness and tenderness, excessive discharge, coughs and shortness of breath. When you notice any of these, don’t hesitate to contact our dentist for emergency treatment.
The downside of having a tooth extraction is that it leaves spaces that not only affect your appearance but also your dental structure. You may need cosmetic dentistry after the gums are healed to fill the spaces and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. At All Smiles Dental, we offer different options such as dental bridges, implants, or crowns.