Tooth extraction is the process of removing the tooth which is excessively decayed or damaged beyond repair. You do not always need to get your decayed tooth removed, it is done when there is no hope for restoration and the tooth has started to cause problems such as pain and infections.
There are several reasons why the teeth are extracted, few of them include excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding of teeth.
Generally, there are two methods to extract a tooth, simple extraction, and surgical extraction.
Simple Extraction: It is done when your tooth is visible and not in a complex situation. In this case, your dentist will give local anaesthesia in the affected area and remove the tooth with an instrument called the elevator that loosens up and forces up the tooth.
Surgical Extraction: As the name implies, in this method, your tooth will be extracted by a surgical procedure. In complex scenarios, such as when the tooth is breaking down into pieces or it does not erupt outside the gum, the dentist opts for surgical extraction.
How is it done?
Before the surgical extraction, your dentist will give local anaesthesia, and then gently pull out the visible part of the tooth. The part of the tooth under the gum is extracted by using surgical equipment after gently making an incision in the gum.
What is the recovery period from a tooth extraction?
Normal recovery from a tooth extraction takes only a few days. During the recovery period, you need to follow several steps to encourage the healing process. These are:
- Using an ice pack on your cheek will help reduce the swelling. You can apply them with a gap of 10 to 20 minutes.
- Biting down on the gauze pad placed after the procedure will help stimulate the blood clotting process and stop bleeding.
- Take the medication prescribed by our dentist.
- You should not smoke, use straws or spit hard. These actions can pull out the blood clot from the wound.
- Only eat soft foods during the recovery period.
- Use pillows to lift your head when you lie down.
- Do not do any physical exercises during the period.
- Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water will help heal the wound.
Why Choose Us?
Before you undergo a surgical tooth extraction, make sure you have chosen the right Dental Center where you will be given due attention to complete care. Here at Al Mumtaz Dental Center, we have state-of-the-art technology, certified and experienced dentists and orthodontists. With us, you can rest assured that your tooth extraction procedure will be hassle-free.