If you have poor oral health with advanced gum disease, severe decay or damaged tooth due to any kind of accident, dental extractions sometimes become necessary. For problematic wisdom teeth also this treatment is one of the most commonly followed procedures. Our talented dental team ensures that your tooth extraction procedure is comfortable, quick and effective.
Common Reasons for Dental Extractions
- Severe tooth infection or decay.
- Damaged or broken teeth.
- Crowded teeth.
- Periodontal or gum disease.
- Problematic 3rd molars.
Here are Few Guidelines to Follow
Post tooth extraction procedure, you need to follow a few simple guidelines to help promote healing, prevent complications and lessen any kind of discomfort:
- Anesthetic will be administered before the extraction to reduce your discomfort. Its effect may last for a few hours after the procedure. So, you should be careful about not biting your cheek, lip or tongue. Avoid consuming foods which require chewing.
- A gauze pack may be applied on the extraction site to limit bleeding. This gauze also helps the formation of a blood clot necessary for healing. Hence, it should be left for around 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the clinic. Be careful to not chew on it or disturb it in any way to make sure that the blood clot doesn't get agitated.
- Other precautions include avoiding alcohol consumption, not smoking and limiting strenuous activity for up to 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- The teeth next to the healing tooth should not be cleaned for the rest of the day because the risk of the newly formed blood clot being destroyed increases. However, other teeth should be brushed and flossed gently, as advised by our dental care team.
- Drink lots of liquids and include soft and nutritious foods in your diet post extraction.
If your tooth has been severely decayed, damaged due to accidental trauma or you have a bad dental infection with advanced gum disease then a dental extraction becomes necessary. Additionally, if you are suffering from persistent toothache or an impacted wisdom tooth has not fully erupted, a surgical extraction may be required.
A common postoperative complication associated with tooth extraction is a dry socket wherein the site’s healing is delayed due to loss of blood clot that generally occupies the empty socket. So, if you experience any discomfort following an extraction and it is intensifying over time, you will likely need attention from your dentist.
Local anesthesia is administered to your upper or lower quadrant where the affected tooth is present and so, when the needle is injected it does hurt but it is required to ensure a pain-free oral surgery.
If you experience persistent pain and the site is not healingor your gums have turned red and puffy, it is advisable to consult a dentist immediately. Other signs that indicate an infection include pus oozing from gums, headache, nausea and elevated temperature.
Initially, the healing process takes approximately 1-2 weeks and the gum tissues require 3-4 weeks but the bone can take 3 to 6 months to heal completely.
Yes, you can eat soft and cold foods, fruits, mashed vegetables and fluids following the dental extraction. You can also drink water but avoid swishing it in the mouth. It is also recommended to avoid hard, hot, spicy and chewy foods and carbonated beverages.
Yes, it is. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics before the dental extraction so the bacteria from your dental abscess can be removed. This will prevent the possibility of infection following the tooth extraction.
Ideally, a wisdom tooth should be extracted before the root can develop fully because if the root is fully developed, the tooth extraction becomes difficult. Most dentists recommend that a wisdom tooth should be extracted between the ages of 18 and 24 years because during this time the surgery is easier to perform and the recovery is much faster.