When teeth are damaged, decayed, or infected, the ideal solution is to treat them and restore them so that they can continue to function normally. Sometimes, however, teeth are beyond repair. No restoration can save them. In such cases, the best solution is to remove the affected teeth from your mouth. Summit Dental Care can help to restore your oral health with extractions.
Reasons Why Teeth are Extracted
There are several reasons why teeth might need to be extracted. One reason is because of substantial tooth decay. While fillings can treat smaller cavities and crowns can repair a tooth with more significant decay, a tooth affected by too much decay may not be salvageable. Another reason why an extraction might be necessary is that the tooth has suffered a significant amount of trauma.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are often extracted, even if they are not decayed or damaged. The reason why they are extracted is that they are impacted. This is a situation in which the teeth are unable to erupt properly through the gums. When the wisdom teeth are impacted, you may be faced with significant pain and at risk for issues such as cysts, overcrowding, infections, tooth damage, and more. Extracting these teeth helps to improve your oral health and prevent more serious complications.
One way to extract a tooth is called a simple extraction. This is a fairly straightforward process in which the tooth is gripped and gently removed from its socket. There is also a surgical extraction. Surgical extractions are done when there are more complications, such as the tooth being trapped under the gums, or the tooth is at risk for breaking during the procedure.
Are Extractions Painful?
The actual procedure itself is not painful. We can help make you comfortable with a local anesthetic and sedation if necessary. The local anesthetic helps to ensure that you do not feel any pain. Sedation helps you to relax and feel more comfortable. After the local anesthetic has worn off, it is not uncommon to feel some discomfort. It can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. The pain should lessen over time. If it gets worse, then you should call the office as soon as possible. Worsening pain can be a sign of an infection.
How Long Does It Take to Heal After an Extraction?
Healing after an extraction depends on multiple factors. Common factors that influence your healing time include the complexity of your extraction, how well you care for your mouth if you develop an infection, and if you smoke. Typically, it can take about a month for your gums to heal and up to 6 months for the jawbone to heal.
Are There Any Complications that Can Occur After an Extraction?
There are certain issues that can develop after tooth extraction. One issue that can develop is called dry socket. This is a condition in which the clot that forms in the socket after the extraction comes loose and falls out. When this happens, your nerves and bone are exposed, leaving you vulnerable to a painful, and dangerous, infection. A dry socket can happen as a result of smoking during your recovery, vigorous rinsing and spitting, using a straw, or not taking care of your mouth. Smoking can also increase your risk for infections because it slows your ability to heal and interferes with your immune system. Taking care of your mouth after an extraction is essential for preventing complications.
For more information about dental extractions, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 today.