What is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is a dental surgical procedure to remove your tooth. This oral surgery is sometimes necessary when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged. Extractions are also performed when wisdom teeth are impacted and start to grow in an improper position.
The first step is an in-depth consultation with your dentist to discuss the process in detail and what you can expect. While your dentist might need to remove parts of your gums or bone to extract your tooth, most tooth extractions are completed in about 45 minutes.
Under anesthesia, your dentist surgically removes your tooth and stitches the wound shut before using gauze pads to soak up the bleeding. You can go home once your anesthesia has worn off.
Depending on the numbing or anesthetic used, you might need to plan to have someone drive you home to make sure you’re comfortable and safe. The stitches typically dissolve in a few days.
Most people experience little to no pain during the recovery and the healing period is usually around three weeks.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Your Aesthetic Dental professional might recommend a tooth extraction if:
- You have a wisdom tooth that’s unable to grow in properly
- It looks like your tooth might cause dental problems in the future
- You have crowding or trauma
A tooth extraction might be a part of cosmetic procedures, such as treatments for gum disease or braces.
What Can I Expect After My Tooth Extraction?
After your tooth extraction, your dentist places a gauze pack on the extraction site to decrease bleeding. Make sure you leave the gauze in place for at least 45 minutes. If the bleeding continues, remove the gauze and apply a damp, fresh gauze to the area. Experiencing a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth heals itself and slowly forms a blood clot to fill in the bone where the tooth root was.
If you experience severe pain, vomiting or nausea, increased bruising or swelling, or heavier bleeding, visit your nearest Aesthetic Dental Centers for prompt medical care.
It’s important that you continue to brush and floss your teeth as usual but avoid the teeth that are surrounding the healing socket to make sure you don’t irritate it while it heals. Avoid mouthwash for the first few days, but you can gently rinse your mouth.
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