While many teens and some adults get their wisdom teeth removed, there are other reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary in adulthood.
Excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding can all require a tooth extraction. Those who get braces may need one or two teeth removed to provide room for their other teeth as they shift into place. Additionally, those who are undergoing chemotherapy or are about to have an organ transplant may need compromised teeth removed in order to keep their mouth healthy.
Tooth extractions are performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with either local, general, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination. Removing visible teeth is a simple extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.
If you need a tooth extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
After you’ve had a tooth removed, you’ll want to avoid anything that might prevent normal healing, don’t smoke, or, if you must, rinse your mouth vigorously. You’ll also want to avoid drinking anything through a straw for a day or two, and you’ll want to follow the diet your dentist recommends. For example, after having your wisdom teeth extracted, you’ll want to stick to soft foods that don’t require chewing like pudding, ice cream, or mashed potatoes.
If you’ noticed that your mouth has been sore and uncomfortable, your teeth are causing you discomfort, or you’ve experienced some kind of dental trauma that you think might require you to need a tooth extraction, then call on Brownstone Dental immediately!
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When you are in this type of pain, we will make sure to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible with nitrous oxide or IV sedation available. This will make it much easier for us to complete the work needed to correct the problem, whether that means a tooth extraction, a root canal, or other service. When you need quality emergency dental care, Call Brownstone Dental today!