Dental extractions are the most common dental procedures and there are many reasons why they would be used. There are routine extractions, like wisdom tooth removal. Also, there are dental extractions done as a response to tooth decay or other dental damage.
Dental extraction of any type is a very basic procedure and the recovery time is typically only a few days. Your dentist will determine the possible need for extraction and give you more details on the procedure when you schedule your dental cleaning today by contacting us at Cherry Hill Dental Smiles.
Why are they important?
The common cause of dental extraction is the removal of your wisdom teeth. This is a surgery that is performed on millions of people every year. Wisdom teeth are removed because they are causing or are at risk of causing, development issues, pain, loss of mobility or function in other teeth and other symptoms.
A dental extraction is also used as a treatment for dental conditions like decay or infection, teeth that are too crowded, baby teeth that are not erupting and other orthodontic treatment preparation. Getting your tooth extracted as soon as possible is important because tooth infection can spread to other organs through the bloodstream, causing a variety of health concerns. Also, maldevelopment that is untreated will only worsen over time.
Dental extraction types
There are two basic types of dental extractions; simple and surgical. Simple extractions are used for cases where the tooth is able to be seen and can be extracted easily. Your dentist is able to do this type of extraction in the office, typically without any anesthesia.
A surgical dental extraction is used in cases where the tooth is not visible. There are many reasons why the tooth would not be visible. It could be because it is broken or located under the gum, such as wisdom teeth. Your dentists can sometimes perform surgical extractions, though these are often performed by oral surgeons.
Before your procedure, your dentist will need to take an x-ray. This will allow them to analyze the severity of your condition and determine which type of extraction is needed. After this x-ray is done, our office will schedule your dental extraction for a follow-up appointment.
Simple extractions begin with our dentist numbing the area with a local anesthetic. They use a tool called an elevator which helps loosen your tooth. After the tooth is loose, our dentist will remove it using forceps. It is all around a simple and painless process.
Surgical extractions require general anesthesia instead of local, which means you will be unconscious during the procedure. Our dentist will first make an incision in your gum to expose the tooth that they will be extracting. They will loosen and extract the tooth in the same way they would with a simple extraction. However, some cases may require cutting parts of the tooth to remove it, rather than extracting the entire tooth at one time.
The recovery process is usually quite simple because your gum is very good at repairing itself and will often form a blood clot immediately after the procedure. This means that you will likely not need stitches. However, your dentist will need to determine this at the time of surgery and explain it to you when you awake from anesthesia.
After the procedure, your dentist will explain self-care instructions which will include gauze, ways to prevent the blood clot from breaking and pain medication if you choose to take it. Please contact Cherry Hill Dental Smiles by calling 856-667-3737 today. We can take care of all your dental extraction needs.