Tooth extraction is very painful yet very necessary. Extracting teeth can be a daunting process, regardless of the reason. You may have to get one or more teeth extracted if they’re damaged beyond repair or diseased. Tooth extractions are necessary when you have an infection, cyst, tumor, or abscessed tooth that needs to be removed quickly before it spreads further damage to surrounding tissue and gums.
What Are Tooth Extractions?
Teeth extraction is a common procedure used to treat certain conditions. It’s also one of the most common surgical procedures in dentistry, with a high success rate and low complication rate.
You may need a tooth extraction if:
Your tooth is damaged beyond repair or needs to be removed due to decay or an injury (such as when you get hit in the mouth)
You have gum disease that has spread beyond your gums and into the root of your tooth
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Several reasons may lead to tooth extractions. They are:
To prevent damage to the surrounding teeth and gums
To prevent further damage to the jaw
To prevent damage to the nerves in the jaw
To prevent damage to sinuses, bones, and joints
If you have a tooth that is causing pain or discomfort, our Northridge dentist will discuss whether there are other options besides extraction. You must understand all of your treatment options before deciding on any treatment plan. Your dentist will be happy to help with this process.
How Do You Prepare for Tooth Extractions?
If you are going to have a tooth extracted, you must prepare your mouth. Brushing and flossing the teeth regularly can help reduce the risk of infections in the gums or other parts of the mouth. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before having an extraction.
Smoking or drinking alcohol makes your blood vessels wider, which allows more bacteria to enter your bloodstream, possibly causing infection after surgery. It also increases bleeding during surgery because nicotine narrows blood vessels in your gums and mouth lining which decreases blood flow to these areas. If you smoke tobacco products such as cigarettes or chew tobacco (nicotine), quit! You will feel better physically and mentally once you are off them—and be healthier too!
If possible, stop using any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) two weeks before surgery since they thin the blood which may cause increased bleeding during surgery.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After you have had a tooth extracted, you will want to follow some aftercare instructions to promote healing. Our Northridge dentist recommends:
Using an ice pack or cold compress on the area of your face where the tooth was removed for up to 20 minutes. This will help reduce swelling and pain.
Avoiding eating hard foods such as nuts and chips that may damage your gums or cause bleeding. It is also important not to chew on the side of your mouth where it was extracted, as this can lead to complications including infection. If a nerve has been damaged during surgery, numbness will occur in this area and make chewing uncomfortable anyway.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol until after all stitches have healed completely—usually about two weeks after surgery (if stitches were used), though it’s best if you wait even longer before consuming alcohol again (at least six weeks). Smoking is harmful to all wounds; it increases bleeding time so that more blood needs to clot at once, making it harder for them to heal properly!
Why Do You Need Your Tooth Extracted?
Tooth Extractions are necessary to keep your mouth healthy and to limit damage to surrounding teeth and gums.
When a tooth is severely damaged, it can be difficult to keep the surrounding teeth and gums healthy. In addition, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction if you are in need of orthodontic treatment. If you have lost teeth due to trauma or decay, the remaining teeth will shift position and new gaps will form between them. The result is that the bite becomes uneven and uncomfortable for you to chew with. Extractions are also necessary when wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) grow crookedly or too deeply into the jawbone, causing problems such as pain and infection.
Teeth extractions are a common procedure that most people need to have done at some point in their lives. The best way to prevent this is by visiting the dentist regularly and having any issues addressed as soon as possible. If you feel like something isn’t right or you have any questions about what we discussed today then please do not hesitate to ask us! We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your teeth or mouth health.
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