What Is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction refers to the complete removal of one or more teeth from the mouth.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are many scenarios that could require a tooth to be removed, such as gum disease, advanced tooth decay, infection, trauma, fracture, or crowding. There are a few instances in dentistry where otherwise healthy adult teeth may have to be removed. For example, wisdom teeth are often removed due to lack of space in the jaw bone or because they are poorly positioned and could impact surrounding teeth. A tooth or a number of teeth may be removed in instances of severe crowding for orthodontic treatment.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?
If a tooth extraction is needed, your dentist will begin by administering local anesthetic to the treatment area to eliminate any pain or discomfort. Your general dentist or oral surgeon will use special tools to separate the tooth from its surrounding bone. A tool called a forcep is used to remove the affected tooth.
A small amount of bleeding after the tooth has been removed is normal. In some cases, stitches may be utilized to close the gum tissue at the extraction site.
Following a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. This is the first step in the healing process. Over the next 4-6 weeks, bone will slowly fill in where the tooth root was located.
Sometimes, patients may be referred to an oral surgeon to have a tooth extraction. Some extractions are complicated and are best treated by a specialist. Oral surgeons can also offer additional anesthesia options such as nitrous oxide and I.V. sedation.
What Happens After a Tooth Is Extracted?
After the dental extraction procedure, your dentist will provide a post extraction regimen to follow. Dentists and oral surgeons will advise patients to refrain from smoking and drinking through a straw. They will also recommend a pain management regimen. Recovery usually takes a few days.
Can an Extracted Tooth Be Replaced?
In most cases, the tooth that has been extracted can be replaced. Replacement options include dental implants, crowns/bridges, dentures, or partial dentures.
Ready to Learn More?
If you feel that you need to get a tooth or multiple teeth extracted, contact our Skokie, IL dental office to schedule an appointment today. Our dentists will be able to put your mind at ease, create a comfortable environment, and develop a clear treatment plan to prevent future problems.