Tooth Extractions: Everything You Need to Know

Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures that most adults will experience in their lifetime. From wisdom teeth to crowding, there are several reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed. While the thought of a tooth extraction can be nerve-wracking, the procedure is completely safe and relatively quick. Read on for everything you need to know about tooth extractions and know what to expect at your next appointment.

Why have teeth extracted?

There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. One of the most common is to remove wisdom teeth in the hopes of preventing complications they may cause. Tooth decay, infection, or crowding can also cause your dentist to recommend extraction as it may relieve you of these conditions. For those who are preparing to undergo major surgery, such as an organ transplant, you may need to have some of your teeth extracted to ensure your mouth stays healthy.

Preparing for a Tooth Extraction

Before your procedure, you'll want to have a conversation with your dentist about any existing conditions you may have, as well as the medication you may be taking. Your dentist will advise you to avoid eating or drinking for up to eight hours before your appointment and to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing on the day of your procedure.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

There are a couple of methods for extracting a tooth that dentists use, depending on the type of tooth that is to be removed.

Simple Extraction

If the tooth in question is visible, a quick simple extraction is all that is necessary. You will likely receive a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around your tooth to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. The dentist will then use simple tools to loosen and remove the tooth from your mouth.

Surgical Extraction

If you have impacted teeth that need to be removed you'll need to undergo surgical extraction. For this procedure, you will have the option to receive intravenous anesthesia so you can remain unconscious during the operation. The dentist will then make a small incision into your gums to access and retrieve the buried tooth.

Tooth Extraction Recovery

It will take several days for you to recover completely from your tooth extraction. Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions, but generally, you can expect to:

  • Eat soft foods such as applesauce or pudding
  • Rest for at least the first 24 hours
  • Avoid going up and down stairs unless necessary
  • Take prescribed medication and over-the-counter painkillers

While you may be frightened to hear that you need to have a tooth extracted, the routine procedure is completely safe and extremely quick. Contact Cypress Dental today to make an appointment with a lead dentist for your tooth extraction, and rest easy knowing you are safe in capable hands.