Dental extraction involves extracting one or more teeth. 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 tooth extraction performed?
Several reasons may lead your dentist to perform a tooth extraction. The most common are cavities, periodontal diseases, and a lack of space.
If a cavity has spread into inaccessible areas of the tooth, tooth extraction becomes a potential solution.
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, extraction may be a viable solution.=
Lack of Space
Wisdom teeth are a very common example. Since these teeth aren’t necessary, it is sometimes recommended to extract them to make more room for the other teeth.
A Tooth Infection
An extraction may also be recommended during a partial tooth eruption. 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 extraction, 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.
The operation is performed under local anesthesia. The dentist then uses a tool to extract the tooth. Stitches may be necessary following the procedure.
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, or cleaning the teeth around the extraction area.
If you feel pain after the procedure, the dentist can prescribe painkillers. You can also apply an ice pack for 15 minutes to relieve the pain. In addition, you should avoid hot beverages.
What should you eat after a tooth extraction?
For 2 hours following the tooth 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 soft, warm foods again. Popcorn, rice, and nuts should be avoided.
About Clinique Dentaire Lorraine
For many years, Clinique Dentaire Lorraine has offered general dentistry services, cosmetic dental treatments, and surgical operations. Our dedicated dental health care team makes every effort to provide services in a comfortable environment.
If your dentist recommends a tooth extraction, speak with us now. We will be pleased to answer all your questions.
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