Why Tooth Extraction is Good for Your Oral Health

Why Tooth Extraction is Good for Your Oral Health

Our permanent teeth are durable and can last for a lifetime. But, because of various reasons such as poor dental hygiene and accidents, the teeth can be removed.

It’s worth noting that we don’t perform teeth removal unless it’s necessary. The primary goal is to preserve your teeth because once extracted, they can’t grow back, and you will need treatments like dental implants and bridges to replace them.

However, there are situations where dental extraction may be suitable for your oral health.

1. Prevent Spread of Decay

Dental decay is one of the primary reasons for tooth extraction. For mild to moderate teeth decay, root canal treatment is done to save your teeth. However, when decay is severe, tooth extraction may be recommended to stop further deterioration of your teeth.

2. Prepare the Teeth for Orthodontia

Before an orthodontic treatment begins, the dentist evaluates your dental health to determine if you need an extraction or not.

Tooth extraction is typically done to remove excess teeth to make room for the orthodontic appliances such as braces.

3. Reduce Pain

Between 17 and 25 years, some people may have their wisdom teeth. These are the last set of molars and usually, erupt at the back of the mouth. More often than not, the teeth don’t fully emerge because of a lack of space.

The wisdom teeth can partially emerge or become impacted and cause a lot of pain. Furthermore, impacted wisdom teeth can affect your dental structure and lead to infections. Our dentist may perform a surgical extraction to eliminate pain and preserve the dental structure.

4. Protect Against Infections

If you have a weakened immune system, whether from organ transplant or chemotherapy, you may need a tooth extraction to protect against infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Can I Expect During the Teeth Extraction Procedure?

Dr. Raymond. S. Trudeau can perform either simple or surgical extractions. Simple extractions are done on visible teeth, and the procedure lasts for a few minutes. Surgical extractions are done on impacted teeth, and the process lasts an hour or more.

Q. How Long Will Recovery Take?

The extraction healing period will depend on the type of extraction done. For a simple removal, you can expect recovery within three days, while surgical extractions last for ten days.

Q. I Have Phobia for Teeth Extractions; Is There a Solution?

Yes. Apart from the local anesthesia, we also give sedation to relax and keep you comfortable. We have different types of sedation to help with every situation. Nitrous sedation is the standard type used as it has no side effects and wears off relatively quickly, allowing you to resume normal activities easily.

Oral, IV, and general sedation are all options. The dentist will guide you in choosing the right dental sedation based on your anxiety level and type of extraction.

Q. What Can I Expect After the Teeth Are Pulled?

As the anesthesia wears off, you will have slight discomfort. You may also have residual bleeding, but you can use a gauze pad to stop it.

Dry socket can also develop a few days after the teeth are pulled. A blood clot will form in the cavity to facilitate healing. When the clot breaks, the socket becomes exposed (dry socket), causing pain and bad breath. It is, therefore, paramount to protect the clot at all times to prevent breakage.

Q. Are There Any Special Instructions

Yes. You can facilitate healing using these tips:

  • Rinse your mouth with saltwater and keep the wound protected
  • Ice compression can also help to reduce swelling
  • Elevate the head to stop bleeding
  • Brush your teeth, but avoid the site

Q. What Happens After Teeth Are Extracted?

You will have gaps in between, which can cause the teeth to shift further, weakening the structure. We recommend getting dental implants or bridges to replace the missing teeth. Both of these solutions cover up the gaps but have different procedures.

Contact us or visit Easley Family Dentistry for a discussion on the available dental solutions for closing the gaps.

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