Extractions - Wisdom Teeth & Standard Extractions
An extraction is a more formal way of referring to having a tooth pulled. If your dentist has recommended an extraction, don’t be alarmed. This is a highly routine procedure that is often done in your dentist’s office.
Let’s take a closer look at both wisdom teeth and standard extractions.
What Are Extractions?
An extraction is the removal of a tooth as a step in promoting better oral health.
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, the tooth is loosened and removed, often as one complete piece. In other words, dentists will remove the entire tooth — even the area that is found underneath the gum line.
The area will be stitched up and left to heal.
As the patient, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. It is important to note, however, that some may feel some pressure during the extraction. Talk to your dentist before the procedure if you think that sedation may be necessary.
Reasons You May Need an Extraction
Wisdom teeth are those that come in at the farthest corners of your mouth, usually in early adulthood. For many patients, there is simply not enough room for them to erupt normally. This is why these teeth are often extracted.
Although wisdom teeth are commonly removed, any tooth can face extraction for several different reasons, such as:
- Overcrowding or having too many teeth
- Having a loose tooth as the result of gum disease or trauma
- Broken or fractured teeth that are unable to be restored
- Heavy decay and infection throughout the tooth
Extractions may also be necessary for those who are getting ready to have orthodontic treatment or getting dentures.
The Importance of Extractions
Dentists do everything in their power to protect natural teeth. Therefore, when one recommends an extraction, it is usually the only option and it is best to take that step.
A tooth infection isn’t likely to heal without the right attention — and the pain won’t disappear on its own, either. Sometimes it can be treated, other times it will require full removal of the tooth.
Without this, the infection can spread to surrounding teeth, as well as to the bone and gums. This can quickly become a medical emergency.
Extractions may not always be the ideal solution for your smile, but when your dentist recommends it, it is usually the only solution for your oral health. Tooth alternatives are available that will function and look just like a natural tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Typically it takes about 2 to 3 days to feel better after a tooth extraction, though it may take up to a week for the swelling and tenderness of the gums to dissipate. Full healing of the socket may take a little longer, but this should not keep you from your daily activities.
Does a tooth extraction hurt?
Thanks to local anesthesia, a tooth extraction does not hurt. However, once it begins to wear off, you may begin to feel a little discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medicine can offer you relief.
Learn More About Extractions
If you would like to learn more about extractions or think you may need one, the dental team at El Paso Family Dental is here for you. We have the experience and skill to successfully perform tooth extractions — and we offer replacements, such as dental implants, to ensure you maintain a healthy smile.
Contact us today at 915-585-2020. Or, schedule your visit online.