Tooth extraction means removing a tooth with its roots from the jaw bone. Tooth extraction is performed as a last option in our clinics, because despite all the new technics and options to replace a tooth, natural and healthy tooth is still the best thing that you could have.
Why Extracting a tooth?
- Excessive decays : If the decay is too big and not possible to save it with fillings and crowns, as a last option, tooth must be extracted.
- Tooth infections : Sometimes even the tooth that had root canal could repeat infection, then tooth must be extracted.
- Crowding : Sometimes before starting an aligners treatment , your dentist might want to open some space and extract a tooth.
There are simple extraction and surgical extraction. If the tooth is visible , it would be a simple extraction , but if the tooth is broken or impacted or below the surface it would be a surgical extraction.
For both simple and surgical extractions, local anesthesia will be applied to comfort the process for both patient and dentist.
After a Tooth Extraction
- Right after the extraction, applying an ice pack on the area from outside will reduce swelling.
- After extraction, dentist will place a gauze pad over the wounded area, bite it down to stop bleeding and keep it in month until bleeding stops.
- It is normal to feel the blood taste and it is not fun but spitting your saliva will cause more bleeding this is why avoid spitting too often.
- For the next 24 hours don’t use straw.
- Preferably don’t smoke.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly but avoid the extraction area.
- After extraction, try to consume soft food not hurt the wounded area. As you heal in the next few days, slowly introduce harder food into your diet.
- Avoid hot showers, sauna and hamam.
- Avoid hot drinks and foods.
- If you are prescribed any medicine, please take your medicine regularly.
For the extracted area you could get either a DENTAL IMPLANT or a DENTAL BRIDGE.