Tooth extractions are used when your tooth has been damaged or infected beyond repair. These are important because leaving any sort of damaged or infected tooth in your mouth is not only painful but could lead to serious infection elsewhere. Infection can spread into your bloodstream, so you must get this treated as soon as possible. There are two types of dental extractions and recovery will differ slightly. There are also several restorative options to replace your tooth after an extraction. We have many restoration services and can give you more details on extraction procedures at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Some of the main reasons for dental extraction are tooth crowding, infection, and gum disease. Wisdom tooth extraction is also very common among our younger patients.
There are two different kinds of extraction; simple and surgical. Simple extractions are procedures during which our dentist is able to use basic dental tools to pull the tooth out of the gum. In this case, the teeth are visible and easily accessible. Local anesthetic is used for this procedure.
Surgical extractions are more invasive. These are used when the tooth is not easily visible or accessible. In this case, our dentist needs to make an incision in the soft tissue to remove your tooth. This procedure likely requires both local and general anesthetic.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Our dentist will consult with you about the extraction prior to beginning the procedure. For any extraction, our dentist starts by giving you anesthetic; either just local or both local and general anesthetic.
Simple extractions require the use of a dental device called a dental elevator. This rocks your tooth back and forth until it is loosened and able to be pulled out. Our dentist will use forceps to pull your tooth out of the gum.
Surgical extraction begins with an incision to cut through soft tissue and, possibly, bone tissue so that the tooth can be accessed. Our dentist will use forceps to rock the tooth until it can be pulled. If the tooth is particularly difficult to pull, we may need to remove it in parts, meaning our dentist would need to cut through it.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
For either type of extraction, a blood clot will form in the tooth socket which stops the bleeding for the most part. However, our dentist will also apply gauze to keep pressure and prevent bleeding. You may also receive stitches after surgical extractions.
Recovery usually takes a week to ten days. Our dentist may prescribe antibiotics and pain medication or give you other instructions for recovery. You will likely also be instructed to monitor that the clot stays in place, avoid using a straw, and icing the area to reduce swelling.
Tooth Extraction Restoration
After a couple weeks, new bone and other tissue will have grown over the extraction site. However, teeth do not grow back and missing a tooth can cause changes in eating, speaking, and alignment. We do have several options for restoring function such as using a dental implant, dental bridge, or denture. We will discuss these prior to the procedure. Call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 702-473-5100 now to schedule a tooth extraction.