At the point when it is unimaginable to expect to reestablish a tooth since it is contaminated, harmed or there is serious disintegration, the best road of treatment is, much of the time, extraction. An extraction is the demonstration of eliminating a tooth from its attachment. In the event that the tooth is harmed, just like the case with most insight teeth, the dental specialist will make a cut that will slice through the gum tissue and jaw bone in order to have direct access to this tooth. This treatment is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and requires some post-treatment care to ensure proper recovery. Read on to learn more about the tooth extraction process, treatment, and care.
Why will anyone need to have a tooth extracted?
Extractions are vital when a tooth is seriously dissolved, harmed, contaminated, or has experienced some injury and can’t be fixed through a helpful technique. A tooth cannot remain in the mouth if it is severely eroded as it risks the infection spreading or deteriorating the other teeth. For this reason, it is better to extract the tooth that has suffered the trauma or damage.
There are two sorts of tooth extraction: basic extraction and careful extraction. For both types of extractions, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth so that this procedure does not cause pain, however, on some occasions, patients have reported that they feel a little pressure during the procedure. It is very important to pay attention to the care that must be carried out after treatment to have a proper recovery, reduce infection and control pain.
Simple tooth extraction: This procedure is done on a tooth that can be seen at the edge of the gums. The tooth is loosened using a tool called an “elevator,” then the dentist extracts the tooth from its socket using forceps. A simple extraction is commonly required due to tooth erosion, lack of space between teeth, or trauma.
Surgical tooth extraction: This procedure is necessary when a tooth has not erupted at the edge of the gums, is broken below the edge of the gums, if it must be extracted in small pieces or in case the tooth is so severely eroded that the forceps do not They can be used to remove the tooth from its socket. A surgical extraction is also necessary for more complicated cases such as curved or tangled roots, if there is a lot of bone around the tooth or when the roots of the tooth are very long.
How much does a tooth extraction cost?
Prices vary according to the type of extraction that is needed, we take into consideration whether the extraction will be simple or surgical and how complicated each case is.
Wisdom teeth removal
Thousands of surgical extractions, or more, are carried out each year. Wisdom teeth are often removed because they can damage the rest of the teeth; because the mouth does not have enough space for them or because they can cause the rest of the teeth to become misaligned. Wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort when they move, push other teeth, or sprout in the mouth, yet some patients who need wisdom teeth extraction may not feel any discomfort in their teeth.
The extraction of wisdom teeth will depend on the medical situation of each patient. At Dentista, the dentist will take a series of X-rays to determine the position and movement of the tooth. In those cases where the wisdom teeth are causing irritation, pain or interrupting the patient’s daily activities, it is necessary to remove the tooth. In the same way, if the patient perceives changes in the bite, alignment or if it affects the rest of the teeth, it is very certain that the dentist ends up extracting the tooth.
Many adults and adolescents may never fully develop wisdom teeth, or the teeth may be impacted below the gum line and thus fail to grow. Interestingly, not everyone is born with all 4 wisdom teeth, some people are only born with 2 or 3 while others never develop any teeth at all. What’s more, 35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth.
How long does the aggravation of a tooth extraction last?
It is not uncommon for the pain of a tooth extraction to last from several days to a week or even two. Swelling, jaw pain, stiffness or irritation are also common ailments that patients express when they have had a tooth extraction. Pay attention if the pain worsens over time, this could be a sign of an infection or a dry socket.
It is important to ensure that there is a proper recovery to reduce complications that can cause even more pain. It is recommended not to smoke while the mouth heals from tooth extraction. Also, attention must be paid to the care that must be taken after extraction to prevent the socket from becoming a dry socket or becoming infected. You can take over-the-counter products to relieve pain, or your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory.
What is dry socket?
Dry socket is a condition that only affects 2% to 5% of patients who have had a tooth extraction. Although this number is low, the pain and complications that arise due to a dry socket are serious, therefore, it is necessary to take the necessary precautions to prevent this condition. In general, dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms in the socket, where the tooth was removed, becomes dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. A dry socket can form even days after a tooth extraction.