If you have been advised to get your tooth extracted, then you may have some questions about the procedure. Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) from patients about the treatment:

What are Teeth Extractions?

Teeth extractions are dental procedures that involve the removal of severely damaged or infected teeth from the mouth. The tooth root, along with the crown and the rest of the tooth, is extracted from the alveolar bone during treatment.

The dentist can perform this by pulling, cutting, using pliers, or a hooked instrument. The treatment is usually performed by dentists or oral surgeons at a dentist’s office to avoid infection and complications with anaesthesia.

What is the difference between Tooth Extraction & Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

A surgical procedure is used to extract wisdom teeth. This is because wisdom teeth are frequently impacted or do not fully penetrate the gum line. A normal tooth can be “pulled” or extracted without surgery. When your wisdom teeth are below the gum line but still causing problems with your alignment or jawline, you will need to have them surgically extracted.

What is the process of Tooth Extraction?

Depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted, your extraction will be either simple or surgical.

General Extraction

You will be given a local anaesthetic, which will numb the area around your tooth, allowing you to feel only pressure rather than pain during the procedure. The dentist will then use an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.

Extraction via Surgery

You will most likely be given local anaesthesia as well as intravenous anaesthesia, the latter of which will make you calm and relaxed. Depending on your medical history, you may also be given general anaesthesia. You will be completely unconscious during the procedure if you are given general anaesthesia.

What are the risks of teeth extractions?

Normally, a blood clot forms in the socket hole of the bone, from where the tooth was extracted. However, if the blood clot does not form or dislodges, the bone inside the socket may become exposed, a condition known as dry socket. If this occurs, the dentist will cover the affected area with a dressing for a few days to protect it. A new clot will form during this time.

What is the recovery period from a tooth extraction?

It is not a great idea to eat anything solid for two days after treatment. When you can start eating and drinking normally after a tooth extraction depends on a few factors, such as how much trauma was caused during the extraction and how quickly you heal.

Are tooth extractions painful?

Yes, having a tooth pulled can be painful. However, your dentist will usually administer local anaesthesia during the procedure to alleviate any discomfort.

What is involved in tooth extractions aftercare?

After tooth extraction, make sure to follow these instructions for the best possible healing process.

  • Rinse your mouth out with water and chew ice chips to reduce swelling and speed up the healing
  • Avoid hot or cold drinks that may disturb the wound or increase pain
  • Apply a cold pack to chew on for 10 minutes every two hours if needed
  • Take a pain reliever as instructed by your dentist

Additionally, follow any instructions provided by your dentist following the procedure.

Sue Vetter’s dental services in Seattle include affordable tooth extractions. To learn more or book your appointment, please contact us today.










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