There are several reasons to extract one or more teeth. For example, the tooth could have been severely damaged by a blow or a disease and it can not be salvaged, or because you have lost several teeth and you need full dentures. In case of wisdom teeth, it is necessary to extract them if your mouth is small and there is no place to accomodate them, or if you're starting a braces treatment and the eruption of wisdom teeth interferes with the treatment.
How are tooth extractions done?
The dentist may recommend that you take prescribed antibiotics before the procedure. The area around the tooth becomes numb with local anesthesia, so you don't feel much pain. An instrument for tooth extraction called an "elevator" is used to loosen the tooth in the gum. Then the tweezers are placed around the tooth, and pulled out of the gum. The hollow in the gum is cleaned, and the remaining gums are smoothed out.
What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is very common since they are the last teeth to erupt when there is not enough room for them. Sometimes these teeth partially erupt or erupt at different angles, or under neighboring teeth. These wisdom teeth are also known as "impacted." They can create some dental problems. Any food or bacteria that is trapped between the edge of the gum and the partially erupted tooth create problems such as dental deterioration and periodontal disease. It is possible to treat these teeth, but removing them completely is a better option instead of struggling to keep them clean, as they are all the way down your mouth. If you experience any type of pain near the wisdom tooth, you should seek treatment immediately instead of waiting for your regular review.
What about care after tooth extraction?
After tooth extraction, you will be asked to bite a piece of clean gauze to help stop bleeding. You may have some inflammation and discomfort in and out of your mouth. Bleeding stops quickly, but you need to keep the extraction area clean until it heals. If you continue to bleed after 24 hours, then visit your dentist as soon as possible.
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