Tooth extraction is a procedure done to remove the tooth as a whole. It is generally done when the teeth are either broken or when the gums underneath the teeth have been completely infected. Sometimes, an extraction is also advised due to overcrowding of teeth. As your jaws get overcrowded, there are chances that it may lead to misalignments and lack of space for new teeth to grow, such as the wisdom teeth.
What are the benefits of tooth extraction?
There are several benefits of having your teeth extracted. Here are a few:
- Extracting a decayed tooth can help prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the teeth and body.
- Tooth extractions can give enough room for new teeth to grow.
- Extractions can also prevent overcrowding.
- It can prevent misalignments.
When should one undergo an extraction?
Some of the vital reasons for tooth extractions are:
- Tooth decay due to infection-causing bacteria.
- When the gums around and beneath the teeth have been severely damaged due to periodontal disease.
- In cases where the wisdom teeth need removal.
- For correcting misalignments due to overcrowding of the teeth.
- To remove broken teeth that can’t be repaired with restorations.
- When a tooth can’t be treated with a root canal alternative.
- If a patient requires braces, he or she may have to undergo an extraction prior to orthodontic treatment.
What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?
The procedure for a tooth extraction would involve:
- Numbing the area of the gum from where the tooth must be removed by providing a local anesthesia.
- An incision is made on the gums of the teeth with surgical instruments.
- The damaged teeth are gently removed with the help of forceps.
Care after a tooth extraction
After an extraction procedure, the patient will be advised to bite a gauze piece for half-an-hour after which the bleeding would stop.
It is important that patients avoid disturbing the blood clot after an extraction procedure. Patients may be advised to avoid smoking, brushing, and sipping hot or cold beverages. Patients may feel a bit of swelling that can be subsided with the help of ice bags.
Our fine team of professionals will be happy to guide and take care of our patients after any procedure to ensure their comfort and satisfaction.