Tooth Extraction Explained
For various reasons all our efforts couldn’t rescue your tooth, its extraction may become a necessity. Simple and surgical extractions are procedures designed to remove visible or impacted teeth. We understand that tooth extraction can be a stressful and confusing process to deal with, and we go to the limits to guide you through the journey with ease and peace of mind. Ultimately, we want to be your very own tooth fairies. What exactly is tooth extraction, why and when is the procedure performed? Those are the most common questions in our dental practice, so read on to get your answers.
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a dental surgery procedure involving the removal of one or more teeth from the socket. The procedure is performed in a dentist’s office, usually with the use of local anesthesia. Tooth extraction reduces the center of pain and inflammation, the development of oral cavity disease, and often supports the process of correcting malocclusions and stops infections and gum disease.
Improper tooth extraction may lead to local complications, which include, among others, injury to soft tissues, damage to adjacent teeth, and even bone fractures or jaw dislocation. The use of appropriate tools by a qualified and experienced dentist allows you to avoid complications and even reduce postoperative pain. In this article, we suggest how to prepare for the tooth extraction procedure, and we want to show you that this process does not have to be associated with stress, fear, or pain. The key is to use the right solutions and follow the recommendations of experts in the field of dental surgery.
What are the indications for a tooth extraction?
Despite the advancements of modern dental surgery and innovative methods to treat teeth, there are still times when a tooth needs to be extracted. The dental surgeon first conducts an interview and consults with the patient, assesses the condition of the oral cavity, and sometimes also performs additional tests to help confirm that the tooth indeed cannot be saved.
Some indications for tooth extraction include:
- Inflammation of the pulp and hard tissues,
- Root canal obstruction,
- Insufficient amount of tooth tissue for reconstruction,
- Advanced periodontal disease,
- Recurrent inflammation of periodontal tissues,
- Exposed tooth roots,
- Fractures or cracks in the teeth, although those can often be cosmetically corrected.
The indications for the extraction of selected teeth also include orthodontic treatment. Most often, the decision to put on an orthodontic appliance is made for aesthetic reasons. However, dentists and orthodontists make patients aware that a crooked bite can generate more problems and ailments, for example, the development of caries in the oral cavity. In some rare cases, tooth extraction is required before placing orthodontic braces.
The most common process is the extraction of the final set of molars, the so-called wisdom teeth. Evolution makes human bodies adapt to the prevailing conditions and selected habits – in times when meat was the primary source of human food, wisdom teeth helped in the grinding and chewing process. Nowadays, with significant nutritional changes, wisdom teeth become less needed and sometimes even redundant. Although it is not always necessary to remove wisdom teeth, the final decision depends on the condition of the dentition and malocclusion.
How to prepare for a tooth extraction?
At Kelly Road Dental Care, the first step before tooth extraction is a consultation with our skilled dentist. Sharing your medical history and current list of medications is a critical part before any procedure. The doctor should be informed about all diseases and conditions, such as:
- congenital heart defects,
- liver disease,
- joint prostheses,
- damaged or artificial heart valves,
- Weakened immune system.
Proper preparation for tooth extraction provides the patient with psychological comfort. If you have any questions, ask away! We want to make sure you fully understand the dynamics of the procedure before we begin our work.
Dr. Van de Vyver may advise you against eating anything for a specified period before the procedure. Depending on anesthesia, fasting prevents nausea during and after the surgery. The same goes for smoking. In addition, you should not smoke for at least 24 hours after the procedure, or never again! Tobacco use following tooth extraction may lead to complications and interferes with the healing process.
Although you may experience slight discomfort, don’t expect tooth extraction to be painful. A tooth extraction procedure by itself is a painful ordeal, but the local anesthetic helps alleviate the pain for your comfort and safety.
You should also consider having someone accompany you to our practice when you come for tooth extraction. You will be advised prior to your visit about the possible post-op arrangements, such as organized transportation back home, childcare, or a potential time off work. We will also provide you with comprehensive guidelines related to your aftercare.
Our team is here to support you throughout the course of the procedure. We are also devoted to serving your needs after you leave our dental chair. Expertise, skill, and experience guarantee optimal results and patient satisfaction. End your suffering here with us at Kelly Road Dental Care.