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What Goes into a Tooth Extraction?

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
What Goes into a Tooth Extraction?To understand the tooth removal process, you need to learn more about the two main types of extractions. Extractions can be defined as simple extractions or oral surgery. The information below shows what goes into each of these types of extractions.

Performing the Main Types of Extractions

The most common type of tooth extraction is a simple extraction. This type of tooth removal is performed when a tooth can be easily accessed and is above the gum line. Forceps and other dental tools are used to pull the tooth out of its socket. Before the tooth is pulled, the area is sufficiently numbed so the patient will not feel undue distress or pain. When oral surgery is performed, it is because the tooth rests below the gum line. During this process, the site is numbed, and an incision is made to remove the tooth.

What You Need to Do to Prepare For and Recover From an Extraction

Besides the actual extraction, the patient must also prepare for the procedure. Therefore, they will have to share their medical history with their dentist. Some people must stop the use of blood thinners before an extraction or may need to receive antibiotics. Antibiotics are often given to patients who may have had a cardiac valve placed, have a history of endocarditis, or have a congenital heart defect. To reduce anxiety, the patient may request an oral sedative or an anesthetic. If oral surgery is performed, the dentist may take out pieces of tissue, tooth, and bone. After the extraction process, it is important to change your gauze pads every three or four hours and to take a recommended pain medication. Applying ice to the site can also relieve swelling.

You need to wait 24 hours before the healing really begins. While you can gently brush and floss, you need to use care around the extraction site. If you plan to have an extraction for the placement of dentures or bridgework, contact our office with your questions today. We are always on-call for all of your prosthodontic-related oral care and needs.
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