There is a whole series of different things your dentist will do to save your tooth. Your dentist wants you to keep as much of your natural tooth as possible. Even if only a small portion can be saved, there may still be an option to place a dental crown or other prosthetic. When your tooth is beyond repair, though, your dentist will need to pull your tooth in order to ensure your oral health and stop the pain you are experiencing.
Why a Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction procedure is when a dentist removes a tooth. This may be through surgical or non-surgical means. Sometimes an emergency will occur that requires a tooth to be removed. You may have had an accident that has damaged your tooth beyond repair, for instance. Other times, a tooth may be so infected that it simply cannot be saved. For these cases, your dentist will extract your tooth.
You also may require an extraction due to the emergence of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth appear later in life (hence the name). While sometimes they are benign and don’t cause any issues, other times they can be serious concerns for your overall oral health. Emerging wisdom teeth can come out in a variety of different ways. They may emerge facing in the direction of your healthy teeth. If this is the case, they can impact the teeth and cause damage. They also may emerge at weird angles that cause other oral health problems. It’s generally best to just remove wisdom teeth when they emerge.
Your dentist will take a look at your wisdom teeth once they begin to emerge and see what sort of a problem they may cause. They will then decide whether or not tooth extraction will be required.
Anesthesia for a Dental Extraction Procedure
If your dentist decides to extract your wisdom teeth, you’ll likely need to undergo surgery. You also may need surgery for other extractions, such as teeth that have been damaged and are sitting below the gumline. If this is the case, you’ll likely need to make arrangements for after the procedure to ensure you can get home safely. Your dentist will let you know beforehand.
A less advanced extraction will simply involve the dentist removing the tooth with a tool that allows them to grasp the tooth, rock it back and forth, and remove it. If this is the case, a less aggressive form of anesthesia will be used.
Below are the three main forms of anesthesia that your dentist may use for your tooth extraction procedure:
- General anesthesia. General anesthesia involves a patient being rendered fully unconscious. The patient won’t have any memory of the surgery, and they won’t experience any pain. This is a less common form of anesthesia, and it is the most advanced. During general anesthesia, the patient is monitored. Their breathing, fluid, temperature, and blood pressure are watched to ensure their safety.
- Local anesthesia. Local anesthesia is the simplest form of anesthesia. It’s likely that you’ve received local anesthesia before. With this form of anesthesia, a patient is given injections around the extraction site. This allows the patient to not feel pain during the extraction. The patient will still feel some pressure, though.
- Sedation anesthesia. Sedation anesthesia often involves the use of an IV to sedate a patient. While the patient won’t be fully asleep, they will have their consciousness suppressed. Because of this, very little memory of the procedure will be left afterwards, and the patient will not experience pain.
Your dentist will determine which form of anesthesia will be used before scheduling the procedure. This will give you ample time to make plans. You may need to take a day off of work to recover and for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off. You’ll also need to plan on a ride home if you are sedated or have been given general anesthesia.
If you have any questions about anesthetics or the tooth extraction process, contact Kelly Road Dental. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns.
After a tooth extraction procedure, there will be some pain, discomfort, bruising, and swelling. This is completely normal and part of the recovery process. You may be given medication for the pain. Make sure you take the medication as prescribed.
You’ll want to consider scheduling your day around your tooth extraction. If you are having the extraction done earlier in the day, you should take the entire day off of work. If you are having the extraction performed later in the day, you should take time off work after the procedure. This is especially the case if sedation or general anesthesia is required.
Once you’ve had your tooth extracted, you should avoid rinsing, brushing, and flossing for 24 hours. After this time period, you’ll want to be extra careful around the extraction site for a period of time. You’ll also want to avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages, and caffeinated drinks. Don’t smoke after the procedure.
Your dentist will give you more detailed aftercare instructions. Make sure you follow these directions completely.
Avoiding a Dental Extraction
The best thing you can do is avoid a dental extraction entirely. This involves taking good care of your oral health. Brush, floss, and rinse every day, twice a day. Also, make sure you schedule an appointment with Kelly Road Dental twice a year. During this time, a dentist will be able to professionally clean your teeth and gums, as well as check your teeth for any decay, damage, or infection. If they find any, they’ll schedule an appointment for a filling, root canal treatment, or whatever oral healthcare measure is needed to protect your tooth. The goal is to save your tooth and avoid an extraction entirely!
If you have any further questions about the tooth extraction process or you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to Kelly Road Dental today!