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Why Would You Need a Tooth Extraction?
We here at David Crumpton, DDS wanted to just touch on a few points regarding tooth extractions; when you might need them, what types there are, and what you can expect if you have one.
A tooth extraction becomes necessary and the best course of treatment when a tooth becomes so heavily infected, damaged or decayed that there is no possibility that it can be restored. The only answer at that point is the extraction which means the removal of the tooth completely from the socket of the inside of your mouth.
A tooth cannot remain in your mouth if severely decayed as it may risk the infection becoming worse or even spreading to the other teeth. Other times a tooth may have to be removed if there has been some extreme trauma. Also, in some cases, a tooth may need to be removed because of overcrowding in the mouth. In the case of wisdom teeth, as frequently happens, the tooth is impacted and it will have to be handled.
What are the Types of Tooth Extractions and What Can You Expect?
Simple and surgical are the two types of extractions that people can expect. In both extractions, you will be prepared by numbing the extraction area site so that the procedure is almost painless. What many people do feel rather than pain is a pressure sensation from the actual pulling of the tooth itself. It is important to remember that with extractions, for proper healing, the aftercare instructions from our office are extremely important along with pain management. Together these will help reduce the risk of infection.
If a tooth is visible above the gum line, then it will most likely be a simple tooth extraction. An elevator tool will be used to loosen the tooth and then we simply pull the tooth from the socket using a pair of forceps. Tooth decay, trauma, and crowding are the most common reasons for a simple extraction.
When a tooth is impacted, meaning it has not erupted above the gum line, then surgical tooth extraction is necessary. Also, surgical extraction is warranted in cases where a tooth could be broken below the gum line or possibly have to be removed in several pieces.
How Long Does the Pain Last?
Pain from extraction can last for several days to a week. There can be jaw pain, swelling and lots of stiffness and soreness. These are all quite common complaints from tooth extractions. It is vital to listen to our dentist and the aftercare instructions for your healing. They will help to reduce complications that might cause any additional pain.
It will be recommended that you stop smoking if you are a smoker while healing from a tooth extraction as this will help keep the socket from becoming infected and developing what is called dry socket. Often times over the counter pain relievers are enough for any pain or discomfort, however, our office can and will occasionally prescribe some anti-inflammatory medication to help ease any additional discomfort or pain.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort from a tooth extraction of any kind, please do not hesitate to call the professionals here at David Crumpton, DDS. We can get you scheduled with an appointment as soon as possible and find out what may be causing you so much discomfort. Call us at 817-678-7395 today!