Tooth Extractions: What You Should Know
As its name suggests, a tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. The removal of teeth can become necessary for many reasons. People of all ages, from childhood to old age, may require removal services at some point in their lives. Although most people tend to require this process in order to have their wisdom teeth removed, there are other issues that require extraction services. An overcrowded mouth can benefit from such service. If a tooth is too damaged to be repaired, it may be removed altogether. Since we provide all-encompassing care, you can rest easy knowing our team will be ready to take on whatever issue you’re facing.
When Children and Teenagers Require Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions often require the use of a sedative in order to numb the area around the tooth that will be removed. This numbing agent will usurp any pain during the extraction process. Children, for example, may need assistance if their baby teeth fail to fall out on their own accord. Preteens and teenagers may have teeth removed before getting braces in order to deal with an overcrowded mouth. Since braces can arrange teeth into the right position, the mouth will look straight and full once the braces complete their duty.
Tooth Extraction Services for Adults and Elderly Patients
Many people may have their wisdom teeth removed in order to avoid any shifting or infection. This is the most common type of extraction, often taking place when the patient is in his or her early 20s. Adults and elderly patients may require tooth extraction services in order to get rid of damaged or infected teeth. Not removing these teeth can cause the infection to spread, eventually leading to more detrimental health concerns. By removing the infected tooth (or teeth), your mouth and body will be safe from harm.
The Tooth Extraction Process
The extraction process requires the dentist to numb the area around the tooth in question. Once the area is numbed, the dentist will use tools in order to loosen the tooth. Once the tooth is loose enough, the dentist will use another set of tools to jostle the tooth out from its socket. In most cases, the empty socket will be stitched with sutures in order to facilitate the healing process. Patients will have to bite down on gauze in order for a blood clot to form in the socket. Since the patient’s mouth will still feel numb, it’s important for the patient to pay attention on what they’re biting. In many cases, patients accidentally bite on their cheeks or lips without noticing or feeling anything. Once the numbness is gone, however, they’ll notice the pain that came from biting down on the inside of the mouth for too long.
What To Do After the Tooth Extraction
For the days following the extraction, the patient will have to eat only soft foods (mashed potatoes, gelatin, ice cream, etc.) As the mouth begins to heal and the patient begins to regain the ability to bite down, then more solid foods can be introduced. The initial healing process takes anywhere from four to seven days. It takes longer for the entire mouth to heal completely, however. You can expect anywhere from two weeks to a month and a half before your mouth is back to normal. This outcome may differ from your own as every patient is different. Your dentist will provide notes for the right eating regimen and will tell you exactly how to make sure your mouth heals properly. Patients are highly advised against smoking cigarettes as this can create dry sockets which are incredibly painful.
Nucleo Dental is Your Go-To Dentistry for Tooth Extraction Services
If you’re in need of dental extraction services, choose Nucleo Dental. Our highly experienced team is ready to take care of all your tooth extraction needs. Since our practice is made up of many specialists, you’ll be able to find the exact treatment you require all under our roof. Contact us today to learn more about our tooth extraction services, today!