Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth completely from its socket in the jaw. Although the procedure may be a bit frightening for some people, it is sometimes necessary to improve your oral health. Fortunately, modern dental techniques and anesthesia have now made the procedure virtually painless.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
At JP Dental & Implant Center, Dr. John P. Poovey and Dr. Wilcox strive to preserve your natural teeth. However, sometimes, tooth extraction becomes inevitable. Some reasons for that include:
Tooth Extraction Procedures
Before extracting your tooth, we will review your medical and dental history to see if you have any health condition or are taking any medication that can have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia or the procedure.
You may also be prescribed a few antibiotics to take before or after the procedure.
If you are a smoker, you will need to abstain from smoking at least a day before the extraction, otherwise, it can interfere with the healing process.
On the day of the surgery, we will give you local anesthesia to freeze the nerve in the affected area. For patients who suffer from anxiety, a mild sedative may also be given.
Tooth extraction can be done through two procedures:
Simple ExtractionThis is done to extract a visible tooth in the mouth. We will use special instruments called elevators to wriggle your tooth back and forth so that its periodontal ligament breaks and it comes loose. We will then use a pair of forceps to pull out the tooth from its socket in the alveolar bone.
Pain and healing time involved in a simple extraction is minimal. Typically, the pain from the procedure can be managed with oral painkiller and can disappear in as little as one or two days.
Surgical ExtractionA surgical extraction is done on teeth that have not properly erupted in the mouth or have broken off at the gumline. This procedure is more complicated than simple extraction.
A surgical extraction involves slicing open the gum tissue to reveal the tooth beneath it. We may then have to remove the surrounding jaw bone tissue to get better excess to the tooth. The tooth will be split into multiple segments so that it can easily be removed. You may need sutures after a surgical extraction and a more powerful painkiller than the ones given after a simple extraction.
Discomfort from a surgical extraction may last for up to 7 days but sometimes is resolved in just 2 days, as well.
Complications After Extraction
Some complications that can occur after tooth extraction are:
Learn about the effects of missing teeth on your health.
If you suffer from any of the complications after your tooth extraction, contact us at (970) 822-7622 for an emergency appointment.