Occasionally, tooth extractions are necessary to keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Here’s what you should know about this common dental procedure?
When are tooth extractions necessary?
There are a number of situations that could make tooth extraction necessary. In general tooth extractions are necessesary because of tooth decay, infections, or overcrowding.
Wisdom teeth may be the most common teeth to be extracted. These large molars grow in later than the rest of your teeth at the very back of your mouth. In many cases there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth or they grow in at the wrong angle. If this is the case, they’ll need to be removed so that they don’t cause an infection below the gum line or crowd your other teeth.
Sometimes other teeth besides wisdom teeth become impacted below the gums and surgery is again required to prevent damage to the rest of your mouth.
Another situation that calls for tooth extraction is if a tooth becomes severely infected or undergoes significant decay. Whenever possible, it is best to save the original tooth through root canal therapy or other options, but if that isn’t possible, sometimes the tooth needs to be extracted before it causes further damage.
What happens during the procedure?
Tooth extraction requires oral surgery and involves cutting into the gums to completely remove the tooth. Then the gums are stitched up to aid healing. While some pain and discomfort is normal, most patients can return to work and other normal activities within a day or two of the surgery.
What happens after teeth are extracted?
After your tooth, or multiple teeth have been extracted, your gums will heal. If the tooth was removed for overcrowding (such as a wisdom tooth) other dental procedure may not be necessary. If extracting teeth leaves a hole in your smile, you may need to get dental implants, or fill in the gap with a bridge or dentures. These treatments can restore your smile and make it easier to eat and talk and use your teeth like you normally would. If you’d like to learn more about tooth extractions and dental restorations, schedule an appointment at O’Brien Dental Care.