A tooth extraction occurs when a dentist or oral surgeon removes a tooth from its place in a patient’s jawbone. Extractions are done in dental offices and are typically completed under local or general anesthesia. A tooth extraction can be recommended when a tooth’s decay becomes so severe that nothing can be done to save it. Another reason for a tooth extraction could be necessary is when a tooth becomes infected or the dentist thinks it could be vulnerable to an infection.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two main types of tooth extractions, simple and surgical. With a simple extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon uses forceps to remove the tooth. There may be circumstances where the tooth is extracted in pieces or large fragments – this would usually be done for the patient’s comfort. A simple extraction is generally performed with the help of local anesthesia. A surgical extraction is performed by an oral surgeon in the cases where a simple extraction is not possible or can be complicated. Surgical extractions are typically completed with the use of general anesthesia.
Post Op Extraction Care
- After tooth extractions, it is important to follow the dental office’s instructions. Each patient should adhere to these rules:
- Administer painkillers and antibiotics as prescribed by Altima Dental
- No smoking if possible (at least reduce the amount of tobacco products)
- Refrain from drinking through a straw or harshly rinsing mouth during the first 24 hours to avoid dislodging the blood clot formed in the socket
- Eat soft food after the procedure. Be sure to introduce solid food slowly and avoid chewing and biting on the affected side to prevent pressure on the gum
- Continue normal dental hygiene routine carefully to prevent infection. Avoid brushing too harshly near the tooth extraction area.
- Be sure to get some rest on the day of the extraction until the anesthetic fades off
If a patient experiences instances of severe pain and bleeding that does not stop after the first 24 hours since the procedure, contact our office for further instructions. If you are in need of a dental extraction call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.