Tooth extraction, or the complete removal of the tooth and its root, is necessary when a tooth becomes so damaged it cannot be saved by root canal treatment. Advanced gum disease, injury, and severe decay can all necessitate the removal of a tooth. Wisdom teeth often require extraction due to impaction or infection. As your Concord general dentist, the team at Generations Dental Care performs tooth extractions in-office.
How Teeth Are Extracted: Simple and Surgical Extractions
To remove the affected tooth, your dentist will administer local anesthesia along with oral conscious sedation as desired. There are two methods of extraction: simple extraction and surgical extraction.
Simple extraction is performed when the tooth is visible outside of the gum line and can be pulled out in one piece, using forceps or other extraction instruments. A surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth is partially or completely buried beneath the gum line (often the case with impacted wisdom teeth) and must be removed in pieces.
Stitches may be necessary after your tooth extraction. You will be instructed to bite down on a clean gauze following your procedure to help stop bleeding.
Recovery From Tooth Extraction
Keeping a few things in mind after your tooth extraction will help to ensure your recovery takes place as quickly and comfortably as possible. Tips to enjoy a speedy recovery following tooth extraction include the following.
- Manage pain by taking your painkillers as directed
- Reduce swelling by applying an icepack to the affected area in 15-minute intervals (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off)
- 24 hours after your procedure, begin rinsing your mouth regularly with warm salt water to reduce the risk of infection
- Plan to take it easy in the first few days following your extraction, as physical exertion slows recovery
- Maintain a soft foods diet until discomfort allows regular eating habits to resume
- Avoid using a straw to keep sutures stable
- Do not smoke or use tobacco
- Continue to brush your teeth, but do so carefully
Your symptoms, bleeding, swelling, and discomfort, should subside within a few days following your tooth extraction. If side effects do not improve or if they worsen during this time, contact your dentist for quick attention.
Prevent Teeth Extractions With Excellent Dental Hygiene
You can greatly reduce your risk for tooth extraction by staying on top of your dental hygiene habits. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist every six months will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. When was your last visit to Generations Dental Care? If you haven’t had a cleaning and checkup this year, you’re past due for preventive care. Request your appointment online today!