While our focus at Nothing But Wisdom Teeth is on preventative care, we perform tooth extractions on a regular basis. We are always looking for ways to avoid an extraction by keeping your oral health in good shape. We will clean your teeth on a regular basis, discuss a healthy diet with you, and treat gum disease, cavities, and infections to the best of our abilities; in order to keep your teeth healthy and intact. As a general dentist, we will also work to restore your tooth if it has been damaged – all of which can help you to maintain your natural teeth for years to come. If you are experiencing discomfort or your tooth is in need of repair, we invite you to call our dental office at (916) 233-1067 to schedule an appointment. During your examination, we will let you know if your tooth can be saved or if a tooth extraction is the best option for preventing the spread of infection and eliminating your discomfort. In our dentist office, we will take the steps necessary to ensure your comfort so that regardless of which treatment option you select, you will feel relaxed during the process.
Tooth extractions, otherwise known as pulling teeth, will become necessary for both children and adults. We may need to extract one or more of a child’s teeth in order to make room for their adult teeth trying to grow in. Otherwise, their adult teeth will begin to grow in crooked, which are going to cause oral problems. While adult teeth are our permanent teeth, sometimes it is necessary for adults to have one or more tooth extractions performed in order to positively support their overall oral health.
Why Tooth Extractions are Necessary
One of the top reasons why someone would need a tooth extracted from their mouth is because it has been damaged, which is often due to decay or trauma. Another reason why someone would be in need of one or more tooth extractions includes their having too many teeth in the mouth, aka a crowded mouth.
When there are too many teeth in the mouth it will begin to move and shift the other teeth, which will eventually cause them additional oral problems.
Tooth Extraction Process
There are two different methods of tooth extractions. These options will depend on whether the tooth is visible or whether it is below the gum line, aka impacted.
If the tooth is visible, a simple extraction will be the effective procedure. When a simple tooth extraction is necessary, a dental professional will first numb the area to help the patient not feel any pain during the procedure. The dental professional will then use a special instrument to loosen the tooth, then forceps will grab onto the tooth to extract it from the mouth. During the process, the dental patient will only feel pressure instead of pain.
Surgical Extraction Process
If the tooth is impacted, the dental patient will often receive both a local and intravenous anesthesia. The dental professional will need to cut a small incision in the gums in order to get access to the tooth for the extraction. It may be necessary for the dental professional to remove any excess bone growth or split the tooth, as well.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
Dental patients who undergo a tooth extraction tend to recover within just a few days. They will need to follow the aftercare instructions in order to ensure a full and successful recovery. Some general aftercare instructions include using ice packs to reduce any swelling, not smoking, not using straws for 24 hours after the procedure and taking over the counter medications if there is any severe pain/soreness.
Non-Wisdom Tooth Extraction
While wisdom tooth extractions can help to prevent any dental problems resulting from wisdom teeth, non-wisdom tooth extractions are also a common dental procedure. A non-wisdom tooth extraction is often necessary when a tooth is causing problems including infection or crooked teeth. The most common problem is an increase in tooth sensitivity when consuming anything that is either cold or hot.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom tooth extractions are common due to the fact that when wisdom teeth grow in they can cause a variety of oral problems. Many people will start to experience overcrowding when their wisdom teeth begin to grow in because there simply is not enough room in their mouth to accommodate more teeth.
A crowded mouth is going to eventually lead to any number of teeth moving and shifting. This movement is not supportive of a healthy mouth. Often times, an impacted wisdom tooth makes the mouth more crowded and can also lead to an infection.
When wisdom tooth extractions are necessary, a general dentist or an oral surgeon will perform the extraction. Since an oral surgeon has years of additional training that allows them to understand how to best utilize oral surgery methods currently available, oral surgery may be necessary for dental patients who have multiple impacted wisdom teeth.
When oral surgery is necessary to perform tooth extractions, an oral surgeon will be in charge of the procedure. Anytime it is necessary to extract an impacted tooth, there are certain procedures that the surgeon needs to follow. An oral surgeon is specifically trained to perform these oral surgery procedures to remove the impacted tooth.
If the oral surgeon finds any additional problems, they are able to immediately address and treat these problems due to their additional training. Call us for more information today.
The process of having a tooth extraction
If you do need to have a tooth extraction, there are several ways that we can go about the procedure. First, we will numb the area of your mouth so that you do not feel any direct discomfort. You will feel pressure during the procedure but otherwise remain relaxed and comfortable. If your tooth has matured and broken through the gums, we can use dental tools to wiggle the tooth and pull it out of the socket. Afterward, the area will be thoroughly cleaned, and gauze will be used to stop the bleeding while you recover. If your tooth is impacted or still below the surface, as is common with wisdom teeth, oral surgery may be necessary for removing it. When completing this procedure in our dental office, we typically create an incision in the gums so that there is a flap. The flap is gently lifted so that we have access to the impacted tooth. In many cases, we can wiggle the tooth and lift it out of the socket. However, if there is bone or tissue on top of the tooth, it will need to be cut away first. If the tooth is particularly stubborn and not budging, we might need to break it into several pieces and remove it that way. Once the tooth has been removed from the socket, the area will be thoroughly cleaned before the flap is placed back down and sutured in place. Gauze is then used to stop the bleeding.
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How to care for your mouth after a tooth extraction
At Nothing But Wisdom Teeth, we perform a tooth extraction in the least invasive manner possible to shorten the recovery time. Most of our patients will recover in the office for around an hour while we make sure that the bleeding has sufficiently slowed down, and any anesthesia is wearing off. We typically recommend having someone pick you up after having a tooth extraction. At home, you will want to rest and taking a nap is highly recommended. Be sure to drink plenty of water but avoid drinking anything that is too hot or too cold as this could lead to sensitivity for the first couple of days. We also recommend avoiding the use of a straw, for the first few days, as the suction could cause the affected area to start bleeding. How the procedure was completed will influence how long it takes to recover but, in general, the swelling will go down after a few days. In our family dentist office, we recommend taking ibuprofen to help reduce the swelling and to use an ice pack or cold compress for 15 minutes at a time. During your recovery, you should eat foods that are high in nutrition but soft. Drinking a smoothie with vegetables, fruit, yogurt, and protein powder is an excellent way to keep your nutrition levels up without needing to bite down on anything. As you add foods back in, be sure to start with things that are soft like noodles and gradually work your way up to a full diet. While caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction, you also need to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Brush your surrounding teeth like normal while carefully avoiding the surgical site. You can also rinse with water and baking soda or an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce the risk of an infection developing. We may want to see you for a follow-up appointment, as well.
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Signs that you might need a tooth extraction
At Nothing But Wisdom Teeth, we practice preventative care and can help in an emergency situation. If you feel intense discomfort in your tooth or your jaw, give us a call since this could be a sign of a dental abscess or severe infection. Simultaneously, if it hurts when you bite down or chew this can also be an indication of a cavity or infection. Other signs like puss or bleeding indicate that you should call 916-233-1067 and schedule an appointment with our family dentistry office right away.
What you should know about wisdom teeth removal
If you still have your wisdom teeth, you may need to have them removed. We invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentist office so that we can examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine whether or not you should keep your wisdom teeth. Not everyone needs to have them out, so it depends on how much room you have and whether they are growing in straight or impacted. Also, if you have worn braces, they might need to be removed to prevent them pushing the other teeth forward. The process of removing wisdom teeth is roughly the same as any other tooth with the exception of when and why we perform the procedure. At Nothing But Wisdom Teeth, we typically recommend wisdom teeth removal in the teenage years. General extractions are more common as people age and have a tooth that needs to be removed due to a severe infection or significant damage. To find out whether or not you should keep your wisdom teeth, call (916) 233-1067 to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Lindsay M. Johnson-Metro.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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