A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket permanently, which can be done either manually or surgically. When other treatments, such as root canal therapy, have failed to save the tooth, extraction is recommended to prevent infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth. It can also be used to remove extra teeth.

Why Is It Necessary to Extract Tooth?

  • Teeth that is broken or cracked
  • Gum disease-affected teeth
  • Dental fillings that have failed
  • Teeth that have been traumatized
  • Deeply decayed teeth
  • Tooth ache

Tooth Extraction Process

There are two types of extraction process;

1. Simple Extraction

A simple extraction is when a tooth that is visible in your mouth is extracted. Simple extractions are commonly performed by a general dentist. A simple extraction involves numbing the tooth and gum tissue and loosening the tooth with an elevator before removing it with dental forceps.

2. Surgical Extraction

A surgical extraction is a more involved procedure for removing a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or has not yet entered the mouth. Surgical extractions are usually performed by oral surgeons, but they can also be done by general dentists. The doctor will make a small incision (cut) into your gum and remove the underlying tooth during a surgical extraction.

Things to follow after tooth extraction Process

  • You can remove the gauze piece placed by your dentist after an hour of surgery. It is not necessary to replace it.
  • Blood oozing from the wound into the mouth on the day of surgery is normal and nothing to be concerned about. You must swallow all of the blood instead of spitting it out. This keeps the blood clot from dislodging from the socket.
  • To help with pain management, your dentist will prescribe a pain reliever that is usually available over-the-counter. This pain reliever should be given before the anesthesia wears off to make you more comfortable.
  • After your surgery, you will need to rest, so plan your day accordingly. You can resume your activities the next day, but for the next 4-5 days, avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • For the first 24 hours after surgery, you must keep away from all caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and hot beverages.
  • In the first 24-48 hours following wisdom tooth extraction, you should only eat soft and cold foods. You should avoid eating hard, spicy, or hot foods because they can irritate the wound and cause pain.
  • For the first 24 hours after your extraction, do not wash or rinse your mouth. You can brush your teeth the next day, but be gentle near the extraction site.
  • Tobacco and smoking should be avoided until your wound has healed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any past or current medical history, immune system complications, ongoing medications, and supplements must all be disclosed to your dentist. Hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulant use, bleeding issues, osteoporosis, bisphosphonate use, and birth control pills are just a few of the conditions that must be carefully considered before extraction.

There should be no sensations other than pressure during the extraction procedure. Any discomfort should be communicated to your dentist.

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