Dental extraction involves extracting one or more teeth. To keep good oral health, here is a guide to the reasons to have a tooth extraction performed, how the operation unfolds, and the precautions to take afterwards.
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What are the reasons to have a dental extraction performed?
Several reasons may lead your dentist to perform a tooth extraction, one of the general dentistry services provided by our clinique. The most common are cavities, periodontal diseases, and a lack of space.
If a cavity has spread into inaccessible areas of the tooth, dental extraction becomes a potential solution. Tooth extraction can come as a result of severe tooth decay or tooth damage.
The bone around the tooth helps keep it in place. If this has deteriorated to the point where it is no longer capable of performing its functions due to a periodontal disease, dental extraction may be a viable solution.
Lack of Space
Wisdom teeth are a very common example. Since these permanent teeth aren’t necessary, it is sometimes recommended to extract the wisdom teeth to make more room for the other teeth, although the operation can cause severe pain.
A Tooth Infection
An emergency tooth extraction may also be recommended if you endure severe tooth infection. The visible portion of the tooth, also known as an “impacted tooth,” can be infected with bacteria. This tooth will continue to grow and exert pressure on the other teeth.
How does a tooth extraction unfold?
Before performing the removal of teeth, the dental surgeon takes the necessary X-rays and examines your oral history. The X-rays will determine the position, shape, and length of the tooth and bone.
To give more insights about the dental extraction procedure, the operation is performed under local anaesthesia. The dentist then uses a tool to extract the tooth. Stitches may be necessary following the procedure. For a single tooth extraction, the operation can be carried out in approximately 30 minutes.
What precautions should you take after this oral surgery?
It’s important to keep the area clean to prevent infections and maintain good oral health. The dentist will ask you to bite into a dry, sterilized tissue for 30 to 45 minutes to limit bleeding. For 24 hours following the operation, you should:
- avoid smoking;
- rinsing your mouth;
- eating hard and crunchy foods;
- or cleaning the teeth around the extraction area
If you feel dental pain after the procedure, the dentist can prescribe pain medication. You can also apply an ice pack for 15 minutes to relieve the dental pain. In addition, you should avoid hot beverages.
After the operation, you may think about getting a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth. To get an extra tooth in, we strongly suggest waiting a couple of months in order to get your mouth fully recovered.
What should you eat after a dental tooth extraction?
For 2 hours following the dental extraction, you should avoid eating or drinking. Then, opt for a cold, liquid diet for the first 3 days. As soon as the discomfort subsides, you can gradually start eating warm, soft foods again. Popcorn, rice, and nuts should be avoided.
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If your dentist recommends a dental extraction, speak with us now: we will be pleased to answer all your questions. With Clinique Dentaire Lorraine, you can get your dental appointment with confidence.
For many years, Clinique Dentaire Lorraine has offered general dentistry services, cosmetic dental treatments, and surgical operations. These services prevent many dental diseases, such as periodontal disease or tooth decay. Therefore, our dedicated dental health care team makes every effort to provide services in a comfortable environment.
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