Multiple Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction involves fully removing a tooth from the mouth. You may need to get a tooth or two extracted if they get infected, damaged or crowded. The extraction procedure begins by your dentist injecting a local anesthetic into the area where teeth need to be pulled out from. Specialized equipment is used to loosen the tooth before extracting it.
Causes of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that is performed by a dental surgeon when maintaining and repairing it is no longer possible. Here are some common reasons why you may need to get a tooth removed:
Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of tooth decay. If you do not take care of your teeth regularly, a film of plaque may form on the surface of your teeth. When plaque is not removed in time, this can harden into tartar and become a breeding ground for bacteria. If the decay reaches the pulp, which is the core of the tooth containing nerves, it can cause a serious infection. In case antibiotics and root canal therapy are unable to remove the infection, extraction may be required.
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, where the gum gets infected. If it increases in severity, the periodontal ligaments and the alveolar bone may also get infected. Insufficient oral hygiene can cause tooth decay, which can eventually reach your gums. When gum tissue gets damaged, they are not able to hold the teeth properly. If this happens, the affected teeth may need to get surgically removed.
Sometimes, teeth can become overcrowded inside the mouth, which can cause them to get misaligned. Crowded teeth may also prevent a new tooth from emerging from the gums.Tooth overcrowding is common at the time of wisdom tooth eruption, where it may need to get removed to align the other teeth better. A surgical extraction of one or more teeth is therefore often necessary to plan for systematic arrangement of the remaining teeth.
Aftercare for Multiple Extractions
Unnecessary pain and possibility of infection can be avoided if you take good care of your mouth following the extraction surgery. Here are some aftercare tips if you have multiple teeth extracted:
Place gauze pads where the surgery has been performed and bite down gently. Keep the gauze inside of your mouth for a few hours to enable a clot to form and change it from time to time. Avoid sitting upright or exercising to prevent bleeding.
Pain and Swelling Control
It is common to experience some pain and swelling after tooth extraction. You can opt for an over-the-counter painkiller for relief. In order to control swelling, use ice, but only during the first 24 hours. Cover an ice pack with a towel and hold it to the side of the mouth close to the surgical area.
Your solid food intake may be limited during the first few days, but you can compensate by increasing your liquid intake. However, do not use straws as the sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot and cause bleeding. Do not rinse your mouth until a day after the surgery. After 24 hours, rinse 5-6 times a day using a saltwater solution.
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