There are numerous reasons why you might need to have a tooth pulled, a procedure which is commonly referred to as an extraction. One of the main reasons for a dental extraction is that it a tooth has been too badly damaged to be repaired. This might be the case if the tooth has been severely damaged. If it is difficult to repair the tooth without causing further damage, it may be necessary to remove and replace it. Decay can also be a reason for a tooth removal, particularly, if the decaying tooth could cause further issues in your mouth.
However, there are other reasons as well. You might need a tooth removed for orthodontic treatment. During orthodontic treatment, the teeth are realigned, and they need some room to do this. Sometimes the mouth is too crowded for this to happen. In this case, some teeth may need to be removed to make more room.
Alternatively, a tooth might be infected enough that an extraction is needed to prevent it spreading to other areas of the mouth. It is often necessary to complete an extraction as quickly as possible in the event of an infection to prevent the damage to other surrounding teeth.
At Club Dental, we understand that patients may wish to know what is involved in a tooth extraction before the treatment. Our expert dentists will perform the procedure. Tooth extractions are almost entirely pain-free due to an injection of local anesthetic that you will receive before the surgery is completed. This will numb the entire section of your mouth. The dentist will always make sure that the anesthetic has taken effect before proceeding. If you feel any pain at all, let Drs. Kip Jones, Chad Wagstaff and Doug White know. They will administer another dose.
If the procedure involves removing more than one tooth, we may offer you the option of a general anesthetic. This will put you to sleep for the duration of the procedure.
In some cases, the procedure may involve cutting away the gum and bone around the tooth. In most cases, the tooth is then moved forwards and backward until it slips free. On some occasions, teeth can be trickier to remove and need to be taken out in pieces.
Once the tooth is extracted, a blood clot usually forms in the empty socket. You may be given a piece of gauze to bite down on to keep stop the bleeding. Before you get home from your appointment, the socket will usually have stopped bleeding. If it hasn’t, or the clot bursts or is removed, you should call our office and schedule another appointment.
If you are getting a tooth removed due to additional treatment, you may have to wait several weeks.
After The Treatment
Depending on the anesthesia given, you may have no feeling in your mouth for at least several hours after the tooth has been pulled. When feeling does return, there may be a dull pain. Typically, this will last no more than a day. Directly after the procedure, it is recommended that you do not eat solid foods and avoid meals that are hot or cold. Depending on the individual mouth, the healing process can take at least a few days. During this time, you should avoid anything that can cause damage. You will not be able to smoke until your gums have healed, as smoking can slow the healing process and disrupt your blood clot.
You can continue to brush and clean your teeth as directed by the dentist. However, you should be careful not to brush the socket where the extraction took place. Doing so could leave you at risk of developing an infection.
Typically, the full healing process can take up to two weeks. During this time, it is possible for the teeth to shift in the space created by the extraction. For this reason, it might be necessary for the gap to be filled with a temporary bridge. This will keep the surrounding teeth in place and maintain the shape of your mouth.
If you notice any issues after the extraction, you should make sure you contact your dentist immediately. Rare side effects can include nausea, swelling or fever. This can be the first signs of an infection, and you should be treated as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing pain in your mouth or teeth, an extraction could be necessary. You can contact us at 801-874-1000 today to arrange a tooth extraction in South Jordan and Layton, Utah.