Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth entirely from the gums. Extraction is not just limited to getting a wisdom tooth extracted; several other reasons require a tooth/teeth to be removed. An extraction is the last option that a dentist considers when a tooth has become unrestorable. Healthy teeth can also be extracted to make space for teeth alignment in orthodontics. The conditions that require a tooth extraction are:
- Severely decayed tooth
- Make space for correcting misaligned teeth
- Impacted tooth due to external trauma
- Risk of severe infection
- For cosmetic reasons such as removing a poor appearance tooth that is not suitable for restoration
- Removing the tooth stuck between the gums and jawbone
The Procedure of a Tooth Extraction
Most people have a misconception that an extraction is a painful procedure, but we make every possible effort to make your experience pain-free and comfortable. During your visit to the dental clinic, we will begin with a thorough screening of your mouth to check the severity of the condition. You must give complete disclosure of your medical health to us, such as any allergies, diabetes, liver or heart disease, impaired immune system, tumor, thyroid, hypertension, etc., so that necessary precautions are taken. This will prove your candidacy for the procedure and whether extraction is required or not. Based on this diagnosis, we will design a treatment plan for you.
We will begin with thoroughly cleaning your mouth to eliminate the microbes around it and then administer local anesthesia to numb the area along with the required sedatives to make you comfortable. Next, with the help of forceps, we will grab your tooth and then shake it to pull it out from the socket. Some people might feel a slight pressure when the tooth is pulled but no pain whatsoever. You will be asked to bite on a piece of gauze, and we will prescribe medications to facilitate healing.
Aftercare and Precautions
- Apply an ice pack on your cheeks to reduce the swelling.
- Do not remove the gauze from your mouth for at least a few hours or until told by the dentist.
- Take the prescribed medications and painkillers for smooth and comfortable healing.
- Rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure, and do not rush into any activity immediately after the extraction.
- Avoid usage of straws for at least 24 hours.
- Do not smoke.
- Consume a soft diet such as yogurt, pudding, or porridge for a few days to eliminate pressure on the gums of the extracted site.
- Any sign of infection, severe pain, fever, nausea, pus, or drainage from the incision must be reported to the dentist immediately to avoid any damage.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.