Tooth extraction is a dental practice to manually and artificially remove the teeth of patients. Severe chronic illness and braces adjustment, among other issues, may require the patient's teeth to be extracted. Our professionals perform tooth extraction using sedation dentistry, anesthesia and anesthesia-free methods. Furthermore, our professionals recommend multiple other procedures to patients before opting for tooth extraction. Additionally, different types of tooth extraction exist based on the illness and complications of the case. You can get help regarding determining if tooth extractions are right for you by contacting Cooley Smiles today.
Reasons For Extractions
Patients require dental extractions for different reasons based on their medical history. Teeth crowding is the most common reason. The development of all four wisdom teeth may cause overlapping of teeth. This situation can cause chewing and biting problems that facilitate their removal. Additionally, some patients may find their smiles denatured.
Furthermore, patients with certain infections, such as decaying or damaged teeth, may require extraction. This extraction prevents the spread of disease to blood vessels. Similarly, a patient with a high risk of developing a severe or chronic illness may have a tooth removed to limit this risk. Additionally, periodontal gum disease reduces the gum's ability to hold teeth. Removing the teeth from damaged gums can protect the gums from further damage.
Types of Extractions
Simple dental extractions involve the use of dental tools to pull out the affected tooth. However, this procedure is only reliable if the tooth is visible and can be accessed easily. Our professionals use local anesthesia measures during simple dental extraction. In more complicated cases, our professionals prefer to use surgical extraction methods. These methods are preferable if the damaged tooth is hidden or inaccessible. The procedure involves cutting the connecting tissue to approach the damaged tooth. In surgical extractions, either the complete area is numbed, or proper anesthesia is given before beginning. Our professionals use regular and routine extraction procedures to extract a wisdom tooth.
Risks of Tooth Extraction
Every medical procedure involves certain risks, and tooth extraction is no different. If the blood does not clot in time, it may lead to exposed bone. Such exposure can dislodge the bone from its connecting socket. This dry socket condition may cause immense pain to the patient. Patients suffering from WVD or hemophilia can experience delays in clotting.
Similarly, a bacterial infection following the extraction may lead to severe chills and fever. Additional symptoms of infection include vomiting, nausea, and cough. In severe cases, it may cause severe chest pain and the reddening of the surgical site.
Recovery Period of Extraction
Recovery periods vary from a few days to a few weeks depending on the severity of the treatment. Patients can reduce recovery times by using an ice pack. This application reduces swelling in the treated area. Smoking can be harmful to the wound and should be avoided. Furthermore, it is preferable to eat a soft diet in the days immediately after the extraction. A regular diet can resume as the treated area heals.
Tooth extraction may be a necessity in your illness and requires skilled professionals to ensure minimal damage. Performed skillfully, the procedure can improve your long-term dental health. You can contact (425) 249-3509 to get expert advice from Aaron Cooley, DDS and Brandon Cooley, DDS.