Before the Extraction
For most, teeth are extracted because of disease, trauma, or crowding. Diseased and bacteria-infested teeth usually require extraction. Some of these diseases may include gum infections, the bite on the tooth, muscular spasms, and an infection of the facial nerves, otherwise known as Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Your infected tooth should be examined by your dentist to discuss treatment plans.
What about Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction becomes necessary if crowding of other teeth occurs because of wisdom tooth growth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, but those that are impacting other teeth, not coming through on their own, coming through at a funny angle, or are difficult to clean and maintain need to be pulled in order to preserve the health and functionality of the teeth.
The best way to determine the extent of the extraction is to consult a dentist or an oral surgeon.
The Extraction Process
If your tooth needs to be pulled, your dentist will numb the area, usually with a small shot, to decrease the amount of discomfort and pain during the extraction. Some dentists use laughing gas to sedate young children in order to avoid the anxiety many children feel when they know they are getting a shot.
In most cases, bleeding is normal as your mouth recovers and new bone grows in place of the tooth’s root.
The recovery process should not consist of anything that would interfere with the normal healing process.
If swelling occurs, place a cold cloth or ice pack and call your dentist to make sure swelling is normal for your specific case. You can brush and floss during the recovery stage, but do not brush or floss the tooth next to the extraction site.
Tooth extraction has a positive outcome, in most cases. The patient benefits as he or she is essentially given a healthier smile, leaving room for teeth to grow rather than crowd. If results are not positive, consult your dentist to see what can be done differently.