Dental extractions when is it necessary to extract a tooth

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Dental extractions: when is it necessary to extract a tooth?

When it is not possible to restore a tooth because it is infected, damaged or there is severe erosion, the best avenue of treatment is, in many cases, extraction. An extraction is the act of removing a tooth from its socket. If the tooth is damaged, as is the case with most wisdom teeth, the dentist will make an incision that will cut through the jaw bone and gum tissue in order to have direct access to this tooth or

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. This treatment is carried out by a dentist or an oral surgeon and requires some post-treatment care to ensure that there is an appropriate recovery. Keep reading to learn more about the process of tooth extraction, treatment and care.

Why would you need a tooth extracted?

Extractions are necessary when a tooth has severe erosion, is damaged, infected or has suffered some trauma and cannot be repaired through a restorative procedure. A tooth cannot remain in the mouth if it is severely eroded because it runs the risk of the infection spreading or deteriorating the other teeth. For this, it is better for an

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to extract the tooth that has suffered the trauma or damage.

Different forms of tooth extraction and what to expect from the procedure

There are two kinds of tooth extraction: simple extraction and surgical removal. For both types of

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, the dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth so that this procedure does not cause you pain, however, in some cases, patients have reported feeling some pressure during the procedure. It is very important to pay attention to the care that must be carried out after treatment to have an appropriate recovery, reduce infection and control pain.

Simple tooth extraction

: This procedure is made on a tooth that can be seen on the edge of the gums. The tooth is loosened using a tool called "elevator", then the dentist removes the

tooth from its socket using forceps. A simple extraction is commonly necessary due to tooth erosion, lack of space between the teeth or trauma.

Surgical dental extraction

: This procedure is necessary when a tooth has not sprouted at the edge of the gums, is broken below the edge of the gums, if it should be extracted in small pieces or in case the tooth is so severely eroded that the forceps are 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 entangled roots, if there is a lot of bone around the tooth or when the roots of the tooth are very long.

When to call the dentist:

     Severe bleeding for more than 4 hours after extraction Fever Nausea or vomiting Inflammation, redness or discharge from the area If the clot breaks loose

How long does it take to heal after an extraction?

Healing depends on several factors such as the complexity of the

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, poor oral health, infection or smoking. Normally the gum tissue can take 3 to 4 weeks to heal and the bone can take up to 6 months.