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Tooth Extraction

Why would a dentist recommend a tooth extraction?

A dentist would recommend a tooth extraction for several reasons. These may include a completely broken or unsalvageable tooth, a baby tooth that never fell out, a wisdom tooth causing gum inflammation, or overly crowded teeth that require orthodontic treatment. In these cases, extraction may be the best option.

Do routine extractions require an oral surgeon?

No, most general dentists can perform routine extractions.

When are tooth extractions considered oral surgery?

While every tooth extraction is a form of oral surgery, the term is often used to refer to procedures where the tooth or gums need to be cut. This can be performed by a general dentist, but in some cases, a referral to an oral surgeon may be necessary.

Will a dentist give me anesthesia during a tooth extraction?

Yes, dentists typically provide local anesthesia during a tooth extraction. Some dentists may also offer oral sedation or IV sedation, but these are generally performed in an oral surgeon's office.

Do extractions of premolars have side effects?

In the past, premolar extractions were commonly performed to correct crowding. Today, this is less common as it can lead to insufficient space in the mouth for the tongue and other structures. Surgeons are now more cautious about removing premolar teeth.

Can gum disease be halted by tooth extraction?

In some cases where gum disease has severely compromised the support for a tooth, extraction can help halt the progression of the disease in that area.

How should I care for my mouth after a tooth extraction procedure?

After an extraction, it's important to follow the dentist's instructions carefully. This typically involves taking pain medication regularly, avoiding activities that can irritate the extraction site, and using warm salt water rinses after the first day. It's also important to ensure the bleeding has stopped before leaving the dentist's office.

What are the pros and cons of dental implants after a tooth extraction?

Dental implants can be a great solution for replacing missing teeth. In some cases, they can be placed immediately after extraction, which can reduce the recovery time. However, in other cases, it may be better to wait and place the implant after the extraction site has fully healed.

What happens if the blood clot comes out after tooth extraction?

If the blood clot comes out after an extraction, it's important to notify your dentist. They may need to see you to prevent a dry socket, which can be painful.

What are the do's and don'ts of tooth extraction after care?

After a tooth extraction, avoid activities that can disrupt the extraction site, such as gargling, spitting, or exercising. Also, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Do use gauze to help stop bleeding, eat soft foods to avoid irritation, and take prescribed medications regularly. After 24 hours, rinse with salt water.

Why can't I exercise after tooth extraction?

Exercising can increase your heart rate and cause more bleeding. Therefore, it's recommended to avoid exercising for the first 24 hours after extraction.

What works best to preserve the jawbone after tooth extraction?

One option to preserve the jawbone after extraction is to add sterile human bone to the area. This acts as a scaffolding for your body to rebuild bone in that area.

When should I schedule a tooth extraction procedure?

It's best to schedule a tooth extraction for a time when you can take a day off to recover. Eating well and taking pain medication before the procedure can also be helpful. Always consult with your dentist to determine the best time for your extraction.

Tooth extraction is the process of removal of a tooth from its socket. We perform tooth extractions for many reasons, such as a painful wisdom tooth or a tooth that has been significantly decayed. A dentist may need to extract a tooth to make room for dental prostheses or braces. When the issue is more complicated, an oral surgeon may extract a tooth.

The type of tooth extraction required is determined by the form, size, position, and location of the tooth in the mouth. Extractions are classified as either simple or surgical by dental surgeons. A simple extraction is performed when the tooth is visible above the gums and can be removed in one piece by a dentist. A surgical extraction is performed when the oral condition is more complicated, such as in the case of an impacted tooth. We may have to section it into smaller components and extract them individually.

The Procedure for Tooth Extraction

The surgeon will take an X-ray of the patient's teeth before beginning the extraction to determine the curve and angle of the tooth's root. The surgeon will begin the extraction when the local anesthetic has numbed the area. They may have to extract the tooth in fragments.

If you're having surgery, the doctor will need to cut away the gum or remove the bone that's impeding the operation. Although there should be no discomfort, patients can anticipate pressure against their teeth. Some people find the experience to be stressful due to dental phobia. But anxiety can be controlled using appropriate sedatives.

Stitches or other measures to stop bleeding may be required after the extraction. The Dentist in Laurel MD or surgeon will apply a thick layer of gauze to the site and ask you to bite on it to absorb the blood and begin the clotting process.

Preparing for a Tooth Extraction

Before having a tooth extracted, tell your dentist about your entire medical history, as well as any medications or supplements you're taking. The medical concerns listed below must be disclosed to the oral surgeon before extraction.

  • Damaged or artificial heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease
  • Artificial joint replacement
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

Recovering after tooth extraction can take some time. You must follow all the instructions given by your dentist, take the prescribed medicines and painkillers, and rest. This will save you from discomfort or infection and promote a speedy recovery.

To find out more about the dental services we offer at Montpelier Family Dentistry, Laurel, MD, call (301) 812-4599 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 14502 Greenview Dr #100, Laurel, MD, 20708.

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