Wilson Dentistry is well-versed in helping patients tackle any of their dental health needs. If you have been told that you need to have a tooth extracted, you might be worried. That is completely normal. The extraction of a tooth is a fairly common procedure, and it can be done for several reasons. We are happy to help you in any way we can, but this guide should answer any questions you may have.
About Dental Extractions
The process of extracting a tooth can vary depending on the patient. The most common types of extractions that can occur are a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When your tooth is extracted, it is removed from the socket in your bone. Simple extractions are a little bit easier. If you need to pull a visible tooth from the mouth, then we can use instruments called an elevator and a pair of forceps to help remove the tooth from your mouth, without any surgical tools. Occasionally, patients may present with more complex issues. If you happen to have a tooth that has broken or is not yet visible in your mouth, our oral surgeons will need to create an incision to remove the tooth surgically.
When Is it Necessary to Extract a Tooth?
The most common reason people need to get their teeth removed is that they have a pair of wisdom teeth that have become impacted. They also may need to get them removed because they have decay or infection in their teeth, which is likely to spread. Other times, people may have too many teeth in their mouths for them to all fit comfortably, and they need to have some of them removed. Whatever the reason, there is no need for you to be nervous. We will be here for you every step of the way.
Preparing Before Your Dental Extraction
The following are some things our professionals may do to better prepare you for your procedure. Before you get your tooth removed, your dentist will likely need to give you an x-ray to judge the approach they should use. If you have a simple extraction, you will only receive a local anesthetic. However, if you do need a surgical extraction, you will go under general anesthesia. If you know that you will be going under anesthesia, you must have someone else drive you to your procedure because it will still be in your system after it is over.
How to Speed Up Your Recovery
The most important thing you need to do after you have a tooth extracted is keep the area cleaned thoroughly. The inside of your mouth can be a great breeding ground for bacteria and infection. For twenty-four hours after your extraction, do not smoke at all. Our dentists will go over additional instructions and answer any questions you have post procedure.
If you believe you are in need of a tooth extraction or would like to inquire for additional information, please contact Wilson Dentistry at (346) 340-5440. We would be happy to assist you with anything that we can.