An extraction is the removal of a tooth or multiple teeth. Extractions are required for a variety of reasons. Teeth that are not aligned properly are often extracted. Wisdom teeth that are impacted often need to be removed. Many people also choose to remove their wisdom teeth to prevent crowding.
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?
The dentist will use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area, so you won’t feel a thing. Then, they’ll loosen the tooth with a dental tool called an elevator before removing it. Once it’s out, they’ll use forceps to extract the tooth.
In most cases, the dentist will make a small incision in the gumline to surgically remove the tooth. However, sometimes an extraction can be performed simply by pushing and rocking the tooth back and forth until it loosens and comes out on its own.
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 28037.