Perhaps the most dreaded aspect of a dental operation is an extraction. An extraction is the last resort for many dental conditions and is necessary to prevent the condition from getting out of hand. At Heritage Oak Dental, our team of skilled dentists ensures that even this dreadful procedure is carried out smoothly and with the least amount of pain possible.
Why is an Extraction needed?
Extraction is most commonly carried out in the case of a disease, crowding, and trauma to the tooth. When a tooth cannot be fixed by filling or root canal due to excessive decay, extracting it is the best course of action. When two or more teeth grow in the same space and cause crowding, at least one of them may need to be removed. Even in the case of wisdom teeth, their irregular growth in awkward positions behind the molar teeth makes them susceptible to removal using extraction. Infected or abscessed teeth also require an extraction to ensure that the infection does not spread to other teeth. Other conditions that require a tooth extraction are periodontal disease and poor bone structure.
Types of Extractions
There are two types of extractions practiced worldwide. These are simple extractions and surgical extractions. The extraction which involves the the uncomplicated removal of the tooth which is visible above the gum line and relatively loose is termed a simple extraction and can be easily carried out using a pair of forceps. Often, however, a tooth may break in pieces during a simple extraction, or require sectioning in order to preserve bone, and this may necessitate a surgical extraction to be carried out.
If an extraction procedure requires the cutting of bone, tooth, and tissues to remove the tooth, then it is a surgical extraction. Surgical extractions may also involve stitching up the wound to promote faster healing. Removing wisdom teeth is generally a surgical extraction as most wisdom teeth have not developed fully and removing them requires cutting gums and tissues. When teeth are badly broken or have curved roots, a surgical extraction becomes necessary. A simple x-ray can help reveal the type of extraction required for a particular tooth. All you need to do is consult your dentist at Heritage Oak Dental, and he will draft a plan of action for the extraction of your tooth that suits your convenience and comfort levels.
Tips to Follow Post-Extraction
Regardless of the type of extraction that you undergo, here are some post-extraction care tips that Heritage Oak Dental highly recommends to ensure you have a speedy recovery.
Bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after the extraction to stop the bleeding.
Avoid talking, eating and drinking, as much as possible for the first two hours after extraction.
Drink plenty of lukewarm or cold liquids after the bleeding subsides.
Don’t rinse or brush your teeth for 12 hours.
Call Heritage Oak Dental if you have any persistent pain or bleeding.
Even though surgical extraction seems like a daunting process, the advancement in anesthesia and the gentle yet skilled touch of Heritage Oak’s dentists will make the process as hassle and pain-free as possible for you. You can call Heritage Oak Dental after the extraction site has healed to talk about your tooth replacement options and maintain that beautiful smile.