Extractions will be familiar to many of our patients in the context of wisdom teeth removal, but extractions may also be recommended for damaged teeth. We at Weekend Dentistry will always do our best to alleviate a broken or damaged tooth with fillings, crowns, or other dental treatments. Still, some damage may be too advanced for the tooth to be repaired, and extraction will become the best option. An extraction is a process of safely removing a tooth for the overall health of your smile.
Why an Extraction?
We may recommend an extraction for a few reasons, including decay that has progressed deep into the tooth, an infection that has destroyed a large portion of your tooth or surrounding bone, or impacted teeth—that is, if there isn’t enough space in your mouth for all your teeth. Impacted teeth will continue trying to erupt through the gum tissue even if there isn’t adequate space, and that added pressure can cause damage to the roots of your teeth. Removing impacted teeth can prevent infection, damage to nearby teeth and bone, and save you from lots of pain.
Types of Extraction
There are two types of extraction: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, we’ll loosen the tooth with something called an elevator and then remove the afflicted tooth. A surgical extraction is used on a tooth that has not arrived above the gumline and is a little more complicated. This procedure will require a small incision and S. Bin Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will surgically remove the broken or impacted tooth
What to Expect at Your Extraction
We at Weekend Dentistry want you to feel comfortable with your extraction. We’ll thoroughly review your dental and medical history and take the appropriate x-rays. S. Bin Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will use the x-rays to determine the best way to proceed with your extraction. You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area of your extraction, and we’ll get to work restoring your smile. After the extraction, we may elect to close the area of extraction with a stitch, but it may not be necessary.
Following Your Extraction
It’s important to keep the area of extraction clean following your removal. We want to prevent infection and limit your discomfort. We’ll ask that you bite down gently on some dry, sterile gauze for about 30–45 minutes following the procedure. After that, any bleeding should’ve stopped, and we recommend that you don’t smoke, rinse vigorously, or clean the teeth next to your extraction site for 24 hours to facilitate healing. Ice packs applied to the face in fifteen-minute intervals can alleviate discomfort, and in some cases, we may recommend or prescribe a mild pain killer. You may want to avoid strenuous activity, drinking through a straw, or drinking hot liquids for a few days after your extraction. Normally, you should be feeling great and smiling confidently within three days or two weeks at most.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us.