When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has had a tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical/and or injectable anesthetic such as Novocaine.
Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur.
Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems.
If wisdom teeth are causing a problem, this could mean that they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. Symptoms are easy to spot: severe discomfort, inflammation, and some kinds of infections.
Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one's ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth:
Before performing a tooth extraction, we’ll apply a topical and/or injectable anesthetic, such as Novocaine, to numb the area surrounding the tooth. This will help relieve any pain or discomfort you may experience during the procedure. Our anesthetic is safe and powerful, allowing us to perform far less painful extractions than ever before.
Recovering from tooth extraction usually takes seven to ten days. However, the healing process can vary depending on the type of extraction, whether simple or surgical, and the location of the tooth being pulled. During your initial consultation, Dr. Saluja will examine your oral health and mouth to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. This will include the details of your procedure, as well as the anticipated recovery time.
Once the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot typically forms in the tooth’s socket. We’ll pack a gauze pad into the socket and ask that you bite down on it to help reduce the bleeding. Several types of extractions may require several stitches to close the gum edges along the site.
In some cases, the blood clot in the socket may break loose and expose the bone in the socket. This results in an incredibly painful and uncomfortable condition called dry socket. If this happens, Dr. Saluja can restore your oral health and protect the extraction site from new clots.
It’s crucial that you replace an extracted tooth to restore your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as prevent further complications. Leaving the area untouched can cause bone loss and neighboring teeth to shift, crowd, or erupt.
Dr. Saluja can replace your missing tooth with several restorative treatments, such as dental bridges, natural-looking implants, removable dentures. We’ll explain your options and recommend the most effective tooth replacement solution for you.