Even though your adult teeth are permanent and they won’t grow again, circumstances may arise where a tooth needs to be extracted. In such scenarios, keeping that tooth leads to damaging your dental structure or gums. If you were living in the 18th century, tooth extraction would be a painful process involving the fearsome dental pliers. At Apple Dental, we offer a modern tooth extraction that is painless.
When do you have a Tooth Extraction?
Here are several situations when we may recommend you have a tooth extraction.
A crowded mouth will result in teeth jostling each other for space. This leads to a misalignment and uneven gaps in your dental structure. You may also have a tooth that is too big for your mouth. A crowded mouth may also result in a tooth not erupting out from the gums due to a lack of space.
Tooth decay, like cavities, if not dealt with, eventually start affecting the gums. The decay spreads to the gum pulp and the rich center of nerve endings. An infection can slowly destroy the root nerves causing terrible pain. In such a case, it would be best to extract the tooth and perform a root canal treatment.
Risk of Infection
Certain medical treatments that utilize drugs may become a source of dental infections. In a pre-emptive move, it may be recommended to have your teeth extracted.
If baby teeth don’t fall off in time, it prevents the permanent teeth from growing. In such a case, it would be advisable to extract the baby teeth.
Dental Extraction Procedure
In most cases, a simple dental extraction is performed. This involves a dentist gently loosening and removing the tooth using a dental forcep.
A surgical dental extraction may be done if the tooth has broken off from the gums, the tooth still has to emerge (such as a wisdom tooth) or if the tooth is especially large.
Both, simple dental extractions and surgical dental extractions, use anesthesia, ensuring painless extractions.
After the Tooth is Pulled
- Leave the gauze pad in place
- Avoid physical activity for 24 hours to allow the gum to heal
- Eat soft foods that don’t require grinding or chewing
- Smoking can prevent the wound from healing quickly so avoid it
It is not advisable to leave an empty gap in your dental structure. It leads to food collecting there, which further leads to bacteria growth. An empty gap in your tooth is an infection risk waiting to happen. Additionally, having a gap in your teeth can affect your dental appearance and bite.
This is why our dentist also recommends that you have a crown inserted in place of where the extracted tooth.
Modern dental treatment allows you to easily replace a tooth that has been extracted with a crown.
Is a tooth giving you a terrible ache? Have a loose tooth? Noticed that not all of your teeth have developed? Reach out to us at Apple Dental and let our dentist have a look.