What Is an Extraction?
When restorative procedures are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted. Tooth extractions are far less painful than ever before, thanks to new technology, anesthetics, and your dentist's experience! In many cases, a patient can have a tooth extracted with little or no discomfort.
Extractions can range from a single tooth or removing multiple teeth at once. Some cases in which a tooth might require an extraction are if it is blocking other teeth from coming in, does not leave space for orthodontic treatment, or has deteriorated beyond repair. Extraction procedures are also commonly performed for wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth means it is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. Impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth have the potential to cause problems, like infection or cause damage to the adjacent teeth, and are often removed.
Tooth extractions are highly successful among patients. They help prevent infection from spreading throughout the mouth, prepare patients for orthodontic procedures, and prevent complications that typically arise from wisdom teeth. Schedule an appointment today to discuss the benefits of tooth extraction.
Tooth Extraction After Care
After your tooth extraction procedure, you can expect to experience pain and discomfort for about a week or two. Your dentist may prescribe medication for pain and swelling. Some tips to ensure a successful recovery include:
- Rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth right away, as it can affect your healing time.
- Avoid drinking with a straw and spitting.
- Don't smoke or use any tobacco products for at least three days following the procedure.
- Reduce or minimize swelling with an ice pack on your cheek for 10-20 minutes at a time.
- Eat soft, healthy foods and snacks that don't require a lot of chewing, like soups, yogurts, and similar foods. Avoid foods like nuts, hard candy, steak, and chewing on ice.
- Continue regular brushing and using water flossers or interdental brushes, but avoid cleaning the teeth next to your extraction area.