Tooth extractions may be required for several different reasons. These include:
- When one or more teeth are severely decayed
- When one or more teeth are broken and cannot be repaired
- When one or more teeth are poorly positioned in the mouth (impacted teeth)
- When there is advanced periodontal disease
- To prepare for orthodontic treatment
Although tooth extractions may be necessary, removing a single tooth can hinder your chewing abilities. Additionally, it can affect your jaw joint and cause teeth misalignment. Your dentist will discuss your tooth-replacement options with you to ensure the health of your mouth.
The Extraction Process
To begin, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums. To remove the tooth, your dentist will use firm, back and forth rocking motions in order to widen the socket.
You won’t experience any pain during the procedure as the nerves are numb, however, you will feel the pressure.
Sectioning a Tooth
In some cases, teeth may require sectioning. This is a common procedure which entails cutting the tooth into pieces “sections”. This allows your dentist to remove the tooth more easily.
After Extractions Home Care
Bleeding can occur post extraction. To control bleeding, place a moist gauze over the empty socket and bite down for forty-five minutes.
Bloods clots form in the empty socket post extraction and should never become dislodged. Be sure to avoid:
- Rinsing or spitting for 24 hours post extraction
- Using a straw
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Consuming hot foods and beverages
If you notice swelling within the first twenty-four hours, you can place a cold compress on your teeth every twenty minutes for ten minutes at a time.
Pain and Medication
If you experience pain, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can provide relief.
Brushing and Cleaning
After your teeth extraction in Red Deer, do not brush your teeth until the following day. Use a salt water rinse before and after eating twenty-four hours after your extraction. Avoid using over-the-counter mouth rinses as they can cause irritation.
Dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the socket or becomes dislodged, which drastically impacts your healing. Follow all post extraction instructions to minimize the risk of developing dry socket.
Once your tooth is extracted, there will be a hole in your jawbone. It will take anywhere from several weeks to a few months for the hole to fill with bone.