Teeth extractions, a common dental procedure performed by qualified professionals such as oral surgeons or dentists, involve the careful removal of one or more teeth from their sockets in the jawbone. This process becomes necessary for various reasons, including severe tooth decay, periodontal disease, overcrowding, trauma-induced fractures, impacted wisdom teeth, or preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The most common types of extractions include:

- Simple extraction

- Surgical extraction

Reasons for tooth extractions

Several reasons might prompt your dentist to recommend a tooth extraction. Tooth extractions are usually recommended in the following cases:

  • To restore the proper alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment.
  • To make room for orthodontic treatment.
  • To repair damage to your tooth.
  • To remove an infection or abscess.

How is an extraction performed?

Teeth extraction, a common dental procedure performed by skilled professionals, involves the careful removal of a tooth from its socket. The process begins with an initial examination to assess the patient's oral health and determine if extraction is necessary. Following this evaluation, local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth, ensuring minimal discomfort throughout the procedure.

To facilitate easier access and maneuverability, dentists employ specialized tools such as dental forceps or elevators. These instruments gently loosen the ligaments connecting the tooth to its surrounding bone tissue before exerting controlled pressure on different angles for successful extraction. During particularly complex extractions or impacted teeth cases, surgical techniques may be employed where a small incision in the gum line allows for better visualization and access to remove any obstructions hindering proper tooth removal.

After successfully extracting the compromised tooth, dentists meticulously clean out any remaining debris or infection at the site before providing post-operative instructions and recommending appropriate pain management measures for optimal healing and comfort of their patients moving forward.

Aftercare for an extraction

After an extraction, it’s important to follow all instructions given by your dentist. Here are some of the most common instructions:

  • Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24-48 hours after the extraction.
  • Eat many soft foods and drink plenty of water, but avoid hot and spicy foods.
  • Use an ice pack on your face for the first 24 hours after the extraction. This can help reduce pain, swelling, and bruising.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed by your dentist.

To find out more about the dental services offered at West Lake Dental Care, call 704-483-1870 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 298 N. Hwy 16 Suite E, Denver, NC 28037.

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