Your teeth are an important part of your mouth and have several essential roles; including chewing, speech, and aesthetics. They are strong and withstand much daily use.
However, while the teeth are the hardest substance in the human body, they are not impervious to damage.
When they do suffer damage, both your oral and your overall health are compromised. Because your teeth are so important, saving them is a top priority.
While there are several treatments available to restore damaged teeth, there are still some instances in which teeth cannot be saved. In the event of severely damaged teeth, Pacific Maxillofacial Center, can perform a tooth extraction.
Why Do Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
When you have a damaged tooth, it is important to have it examined as soon as possible. Untreated teeth can have serious consequences, including painful infections.
Infections can affect more than just the damaged tooth and the surrounding area. Bacteria from the infection can spread into the bloodstream, which can contribute to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
When you come in with a damaged tooth, the first thing we do is perform a thorough oral exam. We look at the teeth, as well as the surrounding gum tissue.
We also take dental x-rays, which allows us to see the areas under the gumline, including the roots of your teeth and their supporting structures.
We can assess the extent of the damage and explore what other treatment options might be available before deciding to extract.
Common Reasons Teeth Need to Be Extracted Include:
|Severe tooth decay. In the event of severe tooth decay, cavities may damage a tooth to the point it cannot be repaired by a filling or dental crown.
|Severe periodontal disease. When the supporting gums and bones are compromised, teeth may become loose and may need to be removed.
|Cracks that travel below the gumline, or are entirely below the gumline. Cracks below the gumline cannot be protected by a crown. Bacteria can leak through these cracks and cause infection.
|Teeth that have split completely in half, or that have shattered.
Simple Tooth Extractions
There are two types of extractions used for removing teeth. The first is known as a simple extraction. These extractions are typically done using local anesthetic (numbing medication), although sedation may be provided as necessary.
The tooth is gripped with forceps and moved back and forth to widen the socket. Once the socket is wide enough, the tooth is lifted free.
What Are Surgical Tooth Extractions?
Surgical extractions are used when teeth present more complicated issues. The affected tooth may be stuck below the gumline, it may be broken or shattered, or bone may block it.
Before surgery, sedation is provided as necessary, and a local anesthetic is administered. Incisions are then made in the gums, which exposes the tooth and the bone surrounding it.
We then remove the tooth. In some cases, a small amount of bone may also be removed to access the entire tooth. We may also need to cut the tooth into smaller pieces to remove it.
Once the entire tooth is removed, the site is cleaned. Oftentimes a stitch may be placed to help facilitate the healing process.
Once your damaged teeth have been extracted, it is important to have them replaced. Your options for replacements, such as dental implants, will be discussed with you, to help you find the best solution for your needs.
There is a point in life when you will likely need a tooth extraction. It can be when you have gum disease, tooth decay, or facial injuries. All of these situations can sometimes be repaired; there are some cases where the only way to prevent further problems is to remove the tooth. Here at Pacific Maxillofacial Center, we can assist you with tooth extraction services. We have qualified and experienced dentists and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure fast and successful tooth extraction.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction refers to a dental procedure where your tooth is completely removed from the socket. Some people refer to it as “pulling” teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction helps in reducing bacteria that can damage your gums and teeth. Harmful bacteria can wreak havoc, causing several problems. Removing the decayed or damaged tooth will ensure you have optimal oral health. Tooth extraction will also help ease dental pain, especially when the tooth is infected or broken.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Local anesthesia is invariably administered to the neighboring gum tissue and affected tooth. The dentist will use specialized dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it carefully from the socket. Sometimes, the dentist may be forced to make an incision in the gums to help access the tooth, especially when it has broken off or is badly decayed. In some situations, the dentist can consider placing a dental bone graft to prevent bone loss in the jaw. After successful tooth extraction, stitches can be put in to help speed up healing and to avoid bleeding.
What is the Recovery Time After a Tooth Extraction?
The complexity of your case will determine the period it takes to recover from tooth extraction. Most patients will feel back to normal after a few days. Although you will be in a position to return to your normal activities within 48 to 72 hours, the jawbone will require a few weeks to heal.
Can I Brush My Teeth After An Extraction?
For safety reasons, brushing or rinsing your mouth within the first 24 hours after a tooth extraction is not advisable. If you decide to brush, do it carefully and never let the brush get to the extraction site. Never use mouthwash, swish water, or use any fluid in your mouth.
How Long Does A Tooth Extraction Take?
The tooth extraction procedure is quicker than most people think. The entire procedure, from applying anesthetic to stitching the area, takes 20 to 40 minutes. However, the process will last longer when more than one tooth is pulled.
When to Stop Using Gauze After Tooth Extraction
You will have to keep using the gauze after your tooth extraction until the bleeding stops. In most cases, it will take two to three hours.
How Soon Can I Eat Ice Cream After a Tooth Extraction?
The first 24 hours after a tooth extraction is the best time to enjoy your preferred ice cream flavor. Eating ice cream will help reduce discomfort levels and minimize swelling.
Schedule Your Extraction Today!
Start your journey to a more confident smile and better oral health at Pacific Maxillofacial Center. We have a compassionate team of professionals who will take you through every tooth extraction process, answer all of your questions, and make you feel comfortable. Please schedule an appointment or learn more about our tooth extraction services by calling 808-585-8455 today.