Facing a tooth extraction is a devastating experience, but in some instances, unavoidable. In an example of severe tooth decay, keeping your natural teeth could be more damaging than actually removing them. Other instances where you can lose a tooth include sports injuries, car accidents, old age, and serious dental diseases.
Generally, tooth extraction is a standard procedure that can be completed within a few minutes. However, complicated extractions where the tooth is broken and invisible may require surgery. Contact Brookline Oral Surgery Group for painless tooth extractions.
In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of tooth extraction and recovery techniques. Before we get to that, let’s see why a dentist may recommend tooth removal.
If you have a damaged tooth, visit a dental office near you for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please note that a damaged tooth can often be repaired. Extraction is not always necessary.
Depending on the complexity of the tooth that you’re planning to remove, your dentist can use any of the following extraction processes.
After either procedure, your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite down on to aid in clot formation.
As mentioned above, the dentist numbs the extraction area before extracting the tooth. This means that you won’t feel anything during and a few minutes after the procedure.
However, once the anesthetic wears off, you might feel some discomfort. In addition, minimal bleeding may still occur a few hours after the surgery. Fortunately, your dentist will prepare you for all these side effects.
After the procedure, your dentist may prescribe pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines. You can use home remedies such as ice packs and salty water rinses to manage pain.
On the day of extraction, you may enjoy eating and drinking. However, to prevent pain and discomfort around the extraction socket, we recommend that you:
Carefully cleaning your mouth after a tooth extraction is necessary. To maximize oral hygiene without disturbing the empty socket:
In a simple extraction procedure, healing and recovery are easy and quick. However, a surgical extraction can take longer to heal. On average, it can take about two weeks for the socket to close up.
After tooth removal, you don’t have to live with an empty socket. Luckily, there are numerous dental procedures that you can use to replace your teeth and restore the appearance and functionality of your tooth. Once you’ve healed, visit your dentist and ask for their recommendation for a tooth restoration treatment.
Standard dental procedures for replacing a missing tooth or teeth include:
If you have a damaged tooth that’s getting in the way of your oral health, you can remove it. Contact Brookline Oral Surgery Group today for professional and painless teeth extractions.