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No one enjoys a tooth extraction. Having teeth pulled certainly isn’t something that anyone looks forward to. You might even feel very anxious upon hearing that you need a tooth removed. But, it’s a very common procedure, with around 74% of adults having a tooth removal at some point. In fact, some people have multiple teeth removed in the same session without too much trauma.
Whether you have a tooth extraction coming up, or you just want to know more about the procedure, here’s a look at some of the things that you might want to know about having teeth removed.
What are some reasons for Tooth Extractions?
There are a few different reasons for tooth removal, and unfortunately, even with the best care and devotion to daily brushing, there’s sometimes little that we can do to avoid the need to have a tooth removed. You might need an extraction because of:
– Infection and severe decay
– Gum disease
– Damage from trauma, such as an accident
– To make space in your mouth for realignment when getting braces
– To allow for dentures or implants to be fitted comfortably
Infection, Decay and Damage
Fortunately, thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, extraction isn’t often needed to treat infection and decay, except as a last resort. Fillings and root canal treatment can usually save the tooth, even if you have an abscess.
However, if other treatment hasn’t stopped the infection, the tooth may have to be removed to stop it spreading to other areas of the body.
Damaged teeth can usually be saved in the same ways. But, if the trauma has lead to severe damage, or caused damage to the gums and bones, tooth extraction may be necessary.
Those suffering from Periodontitis, which is a very serious gum disease, might find that their teeth become loose because of the infected gums. The condition may be causing erosion to the bone and root of the tooth, and sometimes, removing it is necessary.
Many people find that their wisdom teeth come through easily, without any pain or difficulty. But unfortunately, this isn’t true for everyone. Sometimes, there’s just not enough room for a new tooth, leading to overcrowding. When this happens, the new tooth can’t come in as it should; this is known as impaction and removal is often the only way to ease any pain.
Many of us have braces to straighten our teeth, but this often means that our dentists need to make some extra space in our mouths first, to give the teeth spaces to move into as they become straight.
What Happens in a Teeth Removal Procedure?
Straightforward tooth extraction can usually be done in your dentist’s surgery. Your dentist will numb your mouth using a local anesthetic before wedging a lever tool under the tooth to loosen it. They may also rock the tooth around to widen the hole before pulling it out with forceps. It’s usually a simple procedure which takes minutes.
Sometimes, however, a surgical extraction is required. In these cases, your dentist or dental specialist may use a general anesthetic to put you to sleep. They will then cut into your gums, and may even cut larger teeth into smaller pieces to ease removal.
Does Tooth Removal Hurt?
Whether you have a straightforward or surgical tooth removal, you shouldn’t feel any pain. You may feel some pressure, but if it is any more than this, raise your hand to get your dentists attention, and they may offer you more anesthetic. If you are very nervous or have a serious phobia, speak to your dentist in advance and they may be able to arrange for mild sedation for the procedure.
How long is the healing process After an Extraction?
After your tooth has been removed, your dentist will clean the socket and surrounding area and double-check that no fragments remain. If they have had to cut into your gum, they will then stitch it up for you with dissolvable stitches. You may also be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze to soak up blood and apply pressure to stop further bleeding.
Your mouth may be a little sore for a day or two, and you should avoid very hot and cold food and drinks and get plenty of rest. Over the counter pain relief will help, and you should be feeling more normal within a week.
What are some Replacement Options after a tooth extraction?
Many people choose to leave the space made by extraction, especially if it is at the back of their mouth. But, if you’ve lost a more obvious tooth, you might want to consider a replacement. Options include:
– A bridge
– Dental Implants
Dental implants can look most like a natural tooth and be the most permanent option, but speak to your dentist who will give you the best advice for your situation.