A dental extraction is when a tooth needs to be pulled. This is necessary because the tooth is no longer in a condition to be saved.
Reasons for tooth removal
- Badly broken tooth
- Fractured root
- Head and neck pathology
- Patient elects not to save
- Orthodontic reasons
- Restorative considerations
- Tooth that has a severe periodontal infection or abscess
Two main types of extractions
- Simple Extraction – This occurs when the tooth can be removed by relatively uncomplicated means, as is the implication.
- Surgical Extraction – This involves a more complex extraction where a surgery is involved. The surgery can involve the teeth, gums, and/ or the jawbone. Stitches may be necessary.
Commonly asked questions regarding tooth extractions:
Every case is individual. Your dentist at El Barrio Dental Studio will be able to inform you of your condition, after proper examination and required x-ray(s).
Not all teeth require an oral surgeon to remove. Your dentist at El Barrio Dental Studio will be better able to inform you of your unique situation after examination.
There are three main precautions to take after tooth removal; they include not spitting, no smoking, and no straws. A person should take soft foods, and nothing too spicy and nothing too hot in temperature.
After effects can include swelling, pain, redness, tenderness, and bleeding. In very rare cases, numbness can be involved. Each tooth removal presents its own symptoms.
You dentist will be able to inform you after you dental extraction.
Tooth removal can leave an architectural defect in the mouth in the soft and hard tissues. This can present a problem in the future if implants or bridges are treatment options. Furthermore, this architectural defect can also present a problem if it is in the aesthetic zone (smile zone). It could lead to an unpleasant smile.
Dry sockets are abnormal healing of the the extraction socket, when the blood clot does not properly form and mature into healthy tissue. This is usually a painful situation, and can take anywhere from weeks to days to resolve.
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