If a tooth is beyond repair, an extraction may be needed. A tooth that has become severely damaged through injury or decay will need to be removed to keep the mouth healthy. Extractions are performed under local anesthesia that numbs the tooth being extracted and the surrounding tissues. This also helps to prevent discomfort.
Types of Extractions
When a patient needs a tooth extraction, there are two options: traditional or simple extraction and surgical extraction.
Traditional or simple tooth extraction involves the use of dental forceps to remove the tooth. This type of extraction is relatively simple and can be completed in a short time span. While a non-surgical extraction is routine, if a tooth is impacted or if it is below the gum line, a patient may need a surgical extraction.
Surgical tooth extractions are necessary for patients who experience severe gum disease, tooth decay, and oral trauma. The procedure involves making an incision in the gums to remove the damaged tooth. Patients with severe gum disease and tooth decay may require surgical tooth extraction to prevent complications from arising.
What Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth, which are the third molars, are often extracted. These teeth are often impacted, which means they grow sideways or emerge only part of the way through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. They can also result in teeth crowding and misalignment.
Recovery After Tooth Extraction
Once the extraction is completed, you can expect some bleeding. Your mouth will try to heal itself by forming a blood clot in the socket, which is completely normal. Make sure you do not dislodge the clot while brushing or eating food, as this can cause further bleeding.
You may need to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, for 2-3 days after the extraction to help control discomfort.
Tooth Replacement Options
A dental bridge is a convenient option for replacing a missing tooth. It is made up of two crowns, one on each side of the gap in your smile. The crowns hold an artificial tooth in place. The lifespan of a bridge can depend on the health of the supporting teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option. Since dental implants replace the tooth root in addition to the visible crown, they are the most stable, long-lasting tooth replacement option.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Paramount Dental Care, call (561) 844-7735 or schedule your consultation online. You can also visit us at 400 Executive Center Drive #103, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.