Good oral hygiene should always be practiced to avoid tooth extraction. Tooth loss can have a major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although the dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
• Severe decay
• Wisdom teeth
• Advanced periodontal disease
• Infection or abscess
• Orthodontic correction
• Malpositioned teeth
• Fractured teeth or roots
• Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
To make your tooth extraction more comfortable, we pre-medicate you the night before. Someone will need to bring you, stay in the office during surgery, and take you home. After the extraction, you will rest at home for the remainder of the day. Ice packs and a pain killer will help to reduce the discomfort. After a routine tooth extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The removal of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerged from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. These are impacted teeth and they can be growing in any direction under the tissue. They are looking for the pathway of least resistance to erupt into your mouth.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted , they sometimes have a flap of tissue over part of the tooth. This allows for bacteria to flourish around the tooth. Often times, there is a cyst around the wisdom tooth that creates a pocket to hold concentrated bacteria in that area. The cysts can destroy the surrounding bone and possibly damage the tooth beside it, cause swelling and pain. The flap of tissue can also cause pain when eating.
After receiving orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend removing the wisdom teeth to prevent unwanted movement.
To make your tooth extraction more comfortable, we pre-medicate you the night before. Someone will need to bring you and take you home. After the extraction, you will rest at home for the remainder of the day. Ice packs and a pain killer will help to reduce the discomfort. After wisdom teeth extractions, the discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.
Let the Farr Family and Cosmetic Dentistry team help relieve your discomfort.