The procedure of a tooth extraction can have a lot of negative press around it. At Vellore Woods Dentistry, we understand this process is sometimes necessary. We always put the health of your teeth and comfort first. We are here to clear the air about this process and make your next visit stress free.
Here is what you need to know before your tooth extraction appointment:
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
The answer will vary depending on your situation. If you are suffering from periodontal disease and your tooth is infected, then yes, you need to get an extraction. If you have an impacted tooth, the gums could be preventing it from exiting your mouth. Since your tooth cannot break through, it will eventually start to rot. Tooth extraction is a suitable treatment for this dilemma.
If you’ve been in a severe accident, sometimes an extraction is the only option, and our emergency dentists are available for same-day procedures. The damage might be too dreadful to repair with crowns, bridges, or veneers. With overcrowded teeth, removing a tooth or two could help with your bite.
Which Procedure is Best for Me?
The extraction is the best route to take, which is why you’ve landed here. However, did you know that there are two different procedures for removing a tooth?
- Simple Procedure: This is the most common option of the two. Usually performed while under local anaesthesia, the dentist will remove a tooth that is visible in the mouth.
- Surgical Extraction: If you have an impacted tooth, a tooth that has broken under the gum line, or severe decay that goes into the roots, you might have to get surgery to remove the tooth. In this procedure, the doctor performs an incision to move the soft tissues covering the tooth. Then the tooth is split into pieces and removed. General anaesthesia keeps patients unconscious for the procedure.
Once you schedule an appointment, it’s crucial to prepare in advance by following steps like stopping blood thinners and starting any prescribed antibiotics. Our dentists will inform you of everything you need to know before and after this procedure.
What Are the Risks?
Fortunately, dentists have had years to hone the art of tooth extraction. The risks are close to nothing, so you don’t have to worry about any side effects. If you do experience anything, it could be due to the anaesthesia.
You could suffer from a persistent cough, general nausea, a red and swollen treatment area, over 12 hours of bleeding in the area, or an infection. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, call your dentist right away.
How Can I Benefit From the Procedure?
Though there is a small chance of something going sour, tooth extraction is worth the risk. If your tooth is infected, leaving it in your mouth could lead to worse dental conditions. For orthodontic procedures, getting a removal makes things a lot easier and allows your other teeth to sit and grow.
An infected, impacted, or a shattered tooth is painful and makes everyday life more challenging than necessary. Getting the problem removed allows you to get back to your life with no issues.
What’s the Recovery Process?
The recovery process is simple, and the time it takes to feel better is short. Though it is a minor and safe job, you shouldn’t skip out on the recovery. Listen to the medical professional when they send you home to recover. The advice could prevent further infections or damage to the area.
The initial healing process will take around one to two weeks. Keep a close eye on the area to make sure it doesn’t turn bright red, excessively discharge, or swell. Stick with soft and lukewarm foods that are easy for your teeth to handle while they recover. Limit alcohol and nicotine intake if you can.
After the Tooth is Gone
New bone and tissue will grow in the gap where your tooth used to be. However, your other teeth will shift to fill the new room. When done for orthodontic reasons, you want your teeth to shift. However, if the extraction was performed due to infection or disease, moving teeth is a bad thing.
After the procedure, our office will always recommend dental implants. Having an implant will prevent your teeth from shifting, give you a more beautiful smile, and help you regain the full functionality of your teeth. The procedure is simple and non-invasive.
Contact Us Today
You don’t need to suffer from an infected or damaged tooth any longer. The more time you spend with a rotten tooth in your mouth, the longer you’ll have to it in the dentist’s chair. Save yourself the headache and the expensive check by coming in as soon as you can.
Contact our office via website, email, or phone call to schedule your appointment. In emergencies, we offer same-day tooth extraction procedures. For orthodontic requirements, our team will work with your schedule to find the perfect time. Clients can also come directly into our office to make an appointment.