A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair or long term prognosis. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection that can not be repaired with long term success.
- Too costly for the patient to repair.
- Advanced gum disease around the tooth or teeth that is affecting the bone and causing mobility
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in.
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in to prevent future complications such as decay, pain in the gums, or pain when chewing.
What to expect
Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any sharp pains. The tooth is loosened by wiggling it back and forth to compress the bone and the tooth can be lifted out. In complex situations, the tooth or surrounding bone may need to be cut in order extracted and then a suture placed. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, swelling occurs which causes the most amount of post operative pain or discomfort. Studies have shown that a combination of over the counter Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) have the most beneficial effects in reducing swelling and pain. This combination works better than prescribed pain medications with hydrocodone or Codeine in controlling the source of pain. It is important to follow your dentist instructions at True Dental Grapevine in order to prevent complications after extraction.