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, or 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 anesthesia.
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.
You will be given a local anesthetic, 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 as well as intravenous anesthesia, the latter of which will make you calm and relaxed. Depending on your medical history, you may also be given general anesthesia. You will be completely unconscious during the procedure if you are given general anesthesia.
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 a 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 anesthesia during the procedure to alleviate any discomfort.
What is involved in Tooth Extraction 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.
How long does it take to recover after a Tooth Extraction process?
It is recommended to rest for about 48 to 72 hours after the treatment. After this time period, you will be able to resume your normal physical activities. However, bear in mind that the soft tissue will require around 3 to 4 weeks to completely heal.
Are there any side effects of Tooth Extraction?
There are a few side effects associated with this procedure. These include bleeding, swelling, tender mouth, moderate pain, discoloration of the face, etc. Furthermore, your teeth may start to shift if you do not get a tooth implant or any other restorative dental procedure. Due to these side effects, extraction is often the last choice of dentists. They prefer repairing the tooth instead of extracting it. However, in some cases, the tooth is damaged beyond repair, making extraction the only viable option.
How long after getting my tooth extracted can I drink water?
Dentists usually recommend not drinking for at least one hour after the extraction surgery. However, drinking water with medication is allowed. Be mindful that you can drink water without any issues after one hour of the treatment. In fact, dentists suggest drinking plenty of fluids during the next 24 hours so that you can stay hydrated.
Is it better to get a root canal or teeth extraction surgery?
If the tooth is infected and it can be repaired, a root canal treatment makes for a better option. Having said that, there are certain exceptions. For example, if the tooth has suffered quite a lot of damage and cannot be repaired, an extraction may prove to be a better option. It will prevent the damage from spreading to other teeth. Furthermore, it will give you respite from the extreme toothache caused by the infection.