Our permanent teeth are strong and designed to last for a lifetime. However, due to factors such as decay and accidents, the teeth may need to be extracted by an oral surgeon. It is important to note that extraction is not a general dental procedure. At KK Dental we perform teeth removal as a last resort when the teeth can’t be salvaged using other dental treatments.
Tooth extraction in adults is at times inevitable especially if you have any of the following dental problems:
The extraction process is different depending on the severity of the dental problem. The procedure can either be simple or surgical. Simple extractions are straightforward and easily performed. The dentist will numb the gum with local anesthesia and using special pliers the teeth will be pulled. The dentist will then sanitize and stitch the gums to facilitate healing. These stitches disintegrate over time and don’t need another dental procedure.
Surgical extractions are more complicated and done on impacted wisdom teeth. Because of the complexity of the procedure, the dentist will give you IV sedation.
Though the healing time will depend on the type of surgery and the location of the teeth, you should expect to recover in seven to 14 days. The recovery time at times can take longer as the bone grows in the gum.
A blood clot will form in the extracted gum. The blood clot helps with healing and it is important to protect it. If the blood clot dislodges or breaks, it can expose the gum causing dry socket. Not only will it affect the healing process, but the socket can also cause bad breath and pain.
It is normal to feel slight discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Furthermore, you will have swelling and residual bleeding 24 hours after the extraction. The bleeding will clear up on its own, however, if it doesn’t stop four hours after the procedure calls our dentist immediately.
Also watch out for infection symptoms, redness, excessive discharge, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, coughs, or chest pain.
Aftercare will affect your healing time, so follow the dentist’s instructions. Here are a few tips:
When the gaps in between your teeth are left unfilled, they can cause the surrounding teeth to shift thereby weakening the structure. It is recommended to fill the spaces with veneers, bridges, or dental implants. All these dental solutions can work, so speak to the dentist on which one is suitable for you.