Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction

ZACHARY I. BOGER / on Apr 21 2021, 06:10 PM

Tooth extraction procedure involves removing a tooth from its gum socket by a general dentist, an oral surgeon, or a periodontist, usually at a dental office as an outpatient procedure with either local or general anesthesia. 

Removal of visible teeth needs a simple extraction procedure, whereas teeth that are broken, impacted, or below the surface require a more involved process.

Why may you need a tooth extraction?

There are several cases where you may inevitably need a tooth extraction. If a tooth is severely damaged beyond restoration due to an injury or disease, a dental extraction would be the only option. Extractions can also be necessary to make space for other teeth in a crowded mouth. 

There are several other reasons when a dentist can't save your teeth. Some of them include the following: 

  • Severe dental infection.
  • Bone loss resulting from gum disease.
  • Advanced gum infection/ periodontitis.
  • Tooth fracture due to injury, trauma, clenching or grinding.
  • Overcrowded teeth.
  • To make room for orthodontic appliances.
  • To remove a primary tooth that didn't fall out. 
  • To remove a problematic/impacted wisdom tooth.

When you visit Capitola Family Dentistry with a decayed or damaged tooth, our dentists will evaluate your condition and will try to save your tooth with fillings, crowns, onlays, or root canals. However, if you have a critically damaged tooth that is not possible to be saved or if trying to keep a tooth would compromise the health of other teeth, we will recommend you a tooth extraction.

What is the procedure for tooth extraction?

The tooth extraction procedure depends on the condition, health, and location of the tooth. During a simple extraction procedure, the dentist will numb your gum using a local anesthetic and pull out the tooth using special appliances devised to grip the tooth. But, if your tooth is impacted or broken, the dentist may make an incision into the gum to perform the extraction. After completing the extraction, the dentist will close the incision with a few sutures.

Tooth extraction after-care

It is vital to follow the post-care instructions given by the dentist after undergoing a tooth extraction procedure.

  • Take the prescribed painkillers and antibiotics. 
  • Do not smoke, as smoking may inhibit the healing of the site.
  • For the first 24 hours after a dental extraction, avoid spitting or rinsing forcefully to avoid dislocation of the blood clot formed in the socket. 
  • For a few hours after the procedure, avoid eating hard, solid food. Introduce solid food slowly and avoid chewing on the site of the extracted tooth to prevent high pressure on the exposed gum. 
  • Follow routine dental care procedures and oral hygiene practices to prevent infection. 
  • After tooth extraction, rest until the anesthetic fades off.

If you need a dental extraction, call Capitola Family Dental at (831)-464-8286 or schedule an appointment online to consult our dentist at 820 Bay Avenue, Suite 250, Capitola, CA 95010. 

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