We will make every effort to preserve, restore and repair your natural teeth. However, there are times when a tooth extraction is unavoidable. You and Dr. Gill may reach a conclusion that you need a tooth extraction for a number of reasons.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
- If a tooth is severely decayed and it is impossible to fix it with a filling or a crown, an extraction becomes necessary.
- If a decay or a damage reaches the center of the tooth, the bacteria in the mouth can lead to severe infection. Although, we will make every effort to preserve the tooth with a root canal but in case of a severe infection an extraction becomes unavoidable.
- A tooth extraction might become necessary in preparation of an orthodontic treatment or Invisalign in order to make room for the teeth that will be moving into the right place.
Wisdom teeth extraction
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars which are the last set of teeth to emerge or erupt from the jaw. Since, there isn't enough room for them to erupt properly, wisdom teeth tend to come in at an angle or don't fully emerge. This makes it very difficult to keep them clean, leading to various problems in the mouth. When wisdom teeth come in sideways, it throws off your bite, creates an area where food gets caught, thereby leading to decay on the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it. If left untreated, this decay will lead to further issues by causing the bone to dissolve, thereby weakening the jaw.
It is always advised to get your wisdom teeth out earlier, rather than later, in life. Teeth grow from the crown down to the root, so if you get the extraction done before the root develops, then the surgery is easier with very less recovery time.
The Extraction Process
Dr. Gill will numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic to lessen any discomfort. You will then feel some pressure which is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth back and forth to widen the socket and separate the tooth from its ligament. After working towards this goal, a point is finally reached where the tooth is loose and free to come out. Dr.Gill uses great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and painless as possible.
There can be certain situations where some aspect of a tooth such as its positioning, shape or brittleness can complicate its removal.There can also be some other complicated situations when a tooth has not yet broken through the gum line or has not yet fully grown into the mouth. In such cases a surgical extraction is required in which a small incision is made into your gum in order to access the affect tooth. From here, the procedure is similar to a simple extraction. The incision site may need some stitches after the tooth removal.
For our patients who suffer great anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a sedative gas that you inhale during your treatment. It is an extremely safe and gentle gas that will help you feel calmer and relaxed.
After the extraction you will be asked to bite down on a piece of a gauze for 20-30 minutes. This pressure helps in the formation of a blood clot in the extraction site which is a crucial part of the healing process. Therefore, avoid using a straw or spitting after the surgery as this will cause the blood clot to dislodge.
Other important things to remember:
- Take pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Gill.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods for few days after the extraction.
- Chew food away from the extraction site.
- Avoid brushing the area around the extraction site for the first 24 hours. The day after the extraction gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water after the meals to keep the food particles out of the extraction site
We will also provide you with a printed copy of the detailed post-treatment care instructions.
Many people fear tooth extraction but remember its a common procedure and our caring team has years of experience helping people get through this treatment comfortably. So, don't let the fear of extraction delay your treatment. For for more information and to schedule your personalized consultation call our office today.