There are several reasons for getting one or more teeth extracted. For example, it might be because the tooth has been severely damaged due to some injury or disease and it is not salvageable, or because you have lost several teeth and you need full dentures. In the case of wisdom teeth, it becomes necessary to extract if they erupt in a small mouth where it is hard to accommodate them, or if you get braces and an erupting wisdom tooth may interfere with the treatment.
How is tooth extraction done?
The dentist might recommend you to take prescribed antibiotics before the procedure. The area around the tooth is numbed using local anesthesia so that you don’t feel much pain. The dentist uses a tooth removal instrument called an elevator, to loosen the tooth in the gum. Then the forceps are placed around the tooth, and it is pulled out from the gum. The gum socket is cleaned, and gums that are left are smoothened as well.
What is wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth removal is very common as they are the last teeth to erupt when there isn’t enough room for them. Sometimes these teeth erupt partially or erupt at different angles, or underneath the neighboring teeth. These wisdom teeth are also referred to as impacted. They can lead to some dental issues. Any food material or bacteria that get trapped between the edge of the gum and the partially erupted tooth create problems like tooth decay and gum disease. It is possible to treat these teeth, but it is a better option to remove them entirely instead of struggling to keep them clean, as they are far back. If you experience any kind of pain around the wisdom teeth, you should immediately seek treatment rather than waiting for your regular checkups.
How about the after-care tooth extraction?
After tooth removal, you will be asked to bite down a clean piece of gauze to help stop the bleeding. You might experience some swelling and slight discomfort on inside and outside of your mouth. The bleeding stops immediately, but you need to keep the extraction site clean until it heals. If it bleeds even after 24 hours, then visit your dentist as soon as possible.
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