Pauly Dental in Wichita, Kansas
Reasons That Teeth are Extracted
A tooth may have to be extracted because of severe damage or decay. A dentist may also elect to extract a baby tooth if the roots are too long or misshapen. Additionally, the baby tooth may have to be removed in order to make room for the permanent tooth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Your tooth is located in a socket. This socket is attached to ligaments. The dentist will have to expand the socket in order to remove the tooth. This can be a quick process. However, sedation may be needed.
If you have a permanent tooth removed, then you may need to get a dental implant. Getting a tooth extracted can cause your other teeth to shift. You may also have problem with chewing.
Tooth Extraction Preparation
There are several things that you may have to do before you get your teeth extracted. The dentist will review your full medical or dental history. You will need to let your dentist know about any medications that you take. This includes vitamins and over-the-counter drugs.
You will also get an x-ray. Additionally, you may be given antibiotics in order to decrease the risk of infection. You are likely to be given antibiotics if you will be having a long surgery or have a weak immune system.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Your dentist will give you detailed instructions about what you can and cannot do after getting your tooth extracted. You can expect to have some discomfort for a few days. You can reduce pain with Advil or Motrin.
You may also have swelling. This can be managed with ice packs. You will need to eat soft foods for a few days after getting a tooth extracted. Avoid smoking after getting a tooth extracted because this can slow down the healing process.
Dry socket is a potential complication. This is a condition when a blood clot does not form in the extraction site, or it dislodges before the area heals. Infection is another potential risk. Fortunately, complications are relatively rare.