what AreTeeth Extractions?
Teeth extractions are dental procedures in which a tooth is removed from the mouth. It is also called exodontia or tooth pulling.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, while surgical extractions are performed on teeth that are not visible, such as impacted wisdom teeth.
Dental professionals will only extract a tooth where is necessary. In most cases a tooth extraction is straight forward and can be done on the day when required and in the dental chair.
There are some circumstances where teeth extractions can become more difficult such as where teeth are broken, decayed, sitting close to a nerve or in other ways damaged.
All instructions to properly take care of the area following a tooth extraction will be given to you after the procedure has commenced.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Performed?
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Cavities: If cavities are not treated, they can eventually lead to an infection of the tooth. An infected tooth may need to be extracted.
- Infection: If the root of a tooth is infected, the tooth may need to be extracted.
- Tooth Crowding: If there is not enough room in the mouth for all of the teeth, one or more teeth may need to be extracted. This is often done prior to orthodontic treatment.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth that are not able to erupt through the gums may need to be extracted.
- Tooth Trauma: If a tooth has been fractured or damaged, it may need to be extracted.
What is the Recovery Like After a Tooth Extraction?
Recovery from a tooth extraction takes a few days to a week. During this time, it is important to take care of the extraction site to promote healing and prevent infection.
Some of the things that you should do after a tooth extraction include:
-Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day.
-Avoid drinking from a straw.
-Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods.
-Take over-the-counter pain medication, if necessary.