Is your tooth causing you excruciating pain to the point where you have to call in sick at work?
Although taking an antibiotic and painkiller can help reduce the pain and swelling, it won’t do much to treat the underlying problem.
While it’s true that teeth are expected to last a lifetime once they become permanent, there are several reasons why extraction might be necessary.
What are the common reasons for having a tooth pulled out?
One of the most common reasons why your tooth needs to be pulled out is if it’s badly damaged from cavity or decay. Other reasons may also include the following:
Wisdom tooth issues – aside from the potential risk of developing infection, a wisdom tooth is often very painful, especially when it becomes impacted. In most cases, you will need an emergency dentist to remove it at the soonest possible time.
Crowded teeth – crowding of teeth often happens when you have a small jaw or have lost your baby teeth too early. When this happens, your teeth will likely become crooked and your dentist will have to extract one or more to make sure your teeth are aligned properly.
Infection – when tooth decay escalates, bacteria build up will occur. Once it reaches the nerves and blood vessels, infection will be the likely result. However, when detected at an early stage, infected tooth can still be saved with a treatment called root canal therapy (RCT). Unfortunately, once the infection becomes very serious, extraction becomes the only best possible recourse to cease the spread of infection.
What to do before the procedure?
Prior to performing extractions, dentists will check your dental and medical history. That being said, it’s important that you provide all the essential details necessary such as current and past medical conditions, allergies, alongside medications and supplements you are currently taking.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
Prior to the procedure, your doctor will inject a local anaesthesia into the area where the tooth that needs to be extracted is. This is done so you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
In the case of an impacted tooth, your dentist will most likely cut away some gum and bone tissue around it. With the use of forceps, tooth will be loosened from the jaw bone by moving it from side to side.
Once the tooth has been successfully pulled out, a gauze pad or cotton will be placed into the extraction site. You will then be asked to bite it for a couple of minutes or so to help stop the bleeding.
What to expect after the procedure?
After the procedure, your dentist will likely recommend a couple of days rest. With that in mind, you will need to have to limit your daily activities, at least for a maximum of 2 days. When necessary, you will also be given antibiotics and painkillers. Also, you would need to limit your food intake to soft foods, such as soup, yoghurt and mashed potatoes. Moreover, to help reduce the swelling, treating yourself to some delightful ice cream is an option you can look into.