Tooth Extractions – What Happens When A Tooth Is Extracted?
Your permanent or adult teeth are meant to last throughout your life, but there are times when it becomes necessary to extract or remove a tooth for various reasons. Some of the reasons for extracting a tooth are:
- If you have a tooth that is badly damaged by trauma, it may be better to remove the tooth and use an alternative form of restoration to repair the damage. This is particularly true if the root of the tooth is damaged. In such cases, the tooth may give you problems for the rest of your life, even if it can be saved.
- There are cases where a filling or root canal simply cannot address the degree of decay in a tooth. In such cases, it may be better to remove the tooth altogether and use another form of restoration to address the issue.
- Crowded mouth. Some people simply have too many teeth in their mouths to comfortably fit. In these cases, the teeth crowd against each other and become misaligned. This can lead to a variety of dental problems. In some cases, removing a single tooth can help correct this issue.
- Infection risk. There is a risk of serious infection in some cases in which a patient’s immune system is compromised. Chemotherapy patients, for example, sometimes need tooth extractions to prevent a deadly infection from spreading through their bodies.
When A Tooth Is Extracted?
If you and your dentist decide you need a tooth extraction, the process will be painless and simple. Your dentist will numb your mouth with an injection of local anesthetic to remove a single tooth; in cases in which several teeth are to be extracted, you may receive a stronger anesthetic that will allow you to sleep through the procedure.
What happens next depends on the condition of the tooth to be removed. If there is an impaction, or an area of infection, the dentist may cut away gum and bone tissue to reduce the risk of spreading the bacteria. The tooth will then be removed with forceps or cut into pieces for easier removal.
After the extraction, you should relax for the rest of the day and take care of the site of the incision. The area where the tooth was will be packed with gauze and you may be given pain killers to help with discomfort. Your gum should heal completely in a few days.
What Should I Tell My Dentist?
You should inform your dentist of any medical condition you have before having a tooth extracted. However, there are certain illnesses or conditions that can be very dangerous when you have an extraction, including:
- Damaged heart valve or heart defects. A damaged heart valve or heart defect can make you susceptible to all types of infections. This condition also means that you should be careful what medications you take before and after an extraction.
- Immune system impairment. If your immune system is compromised by disease or treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, be sure to inform your dentist before having a tooth extracted.
- Liver disease. Certain liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis can cause dangerous problems if you have any type of surgery. Certain medications can also affect your liver, so be sure to talk to your dentist about these issues.
- Artificial joints. If you have had a knee or hip replacement, be sure to tell your dentist.
At Door Creek Dental, we offer painless tooth extractions for patients who need them. Call us today to make an appointment. We can help you determine the right treatments for your dental and oral issues.