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More About Tooth Extractions

Smiling patient sitting in dental chairTooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing the whole tooth from its socket. Although dentists will try their best to preserve your original tooth, some treatment techniques might be ineffective. Your tooth will need to be extracted if it is significantly damaged and cannot be saved by any treatment. Your dentist might advise dental extractions if you have cracked teeth, crowded teeth, severe tooth decay, tooth luxation, an impacted tooth, severe gum disease, or other oral injuries. Visit Frankart Family Dental to learn more about the tooth extraction process.

Preparation for Tooth Extraction

The dentist will inquire about your dental history before performing an extraction. The dentist must also check the gums and surrounding tissues together with the damaged tooth. X-rays will be taken to assess the damage's severity. Please let your dentist know if you use any supplements, medications, or vitamins. Based on the information gathered, your dentist will recommend the most appropriate tooth extraction method. If need be, the dentist might refer you to an oral surgeon.

Tooth Extraction Methods

Simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction are the two types of dental extraction methods. A simple dental extraction is the removal of a visible tooth. With this approach, the dentist begins by injecting a local anesthetic into the gums surrounding the affected tooth. After loosening the tooth with an elevator, the dentist will use dental forceps to extract it. Because the dentist won't cut into your gums, you won't need stitches. After the simple extraction procedure, you will recover fully in a few days. Taking painkillers is advised if you encounter severe pain.

On the other hand, surgical tooth extraction is a sophisticated procedure that requires getting rid of a tooth that isn't visible in your mouth. Your dentist will make a small incision in the gum to remove the tooth underneath. This process takes longer than a simple tooth extraction. Also, you will need sutures, which prolong the recovery period.

What Happens After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, your dentist places a piece of sterile gauze in the surgical location to reduce bleeding. You will develop a blood clot to reduce the risk of dry socket and speed recovery. For up to 24 hours, you can have some minor bleeding, discomfort, and pain. You will receive instructions from the dentist on how to recuperate quickly and take care of the extraction site. To avoid infection, always keep the area as clean as you can. After a dental extraction, you must also avoid smoking and rigorous mouth washing. Reduce your physical activity as well as abstain from hot beverages. Don't use a straw when drinking, either. Call your dentist immediately if you experience intense pain, fever, and considerable bleeding.

How Long Does it Take to Recover After Tooth Extraction?

Some people recover more quickly than others, while others need more weeks to heal. But most people only need a couple of days, at most three. Visit Frankart Family Dental to inquire more about tooth extraction procedures. Call us today at (513) 809-1366 to schedule an appointment.
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