We all wish to retain our natural teeth for a lifetime. However, in some cases, extraction is the best possible option to protect your oral health. Tooth extraction is the procedure of pulling out a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This may need to be done for a number of reasons such as:
- Crowding of teeth in the mouth, causing problems with your bite and tooth alignment.
- Infection and damage to a tooth, which is beyond repair and may spread to the nearby teeth and gums if the tooth is not removed.
- Tooth impaction, a condition wherein a tooth does not erupt fully from the jawbone.
- Sometimes, the baby teeth do not fall out naturally to allow permanent teeth to come in. Such cases call for an extraction of the baby teeth.
At the office of Orthodontics and Dentistry for Kids, we offer safe and comfortable extraction procedures. We make use of sedation techniques such as nitrous oxide sedation to help our patients stay calm and relaxed during the surgery.
The process of extraction begins with an evaluation of your oral health. X-Rays of the tooth may be taken to gather information on the length, shape, and position of the tooth and the surrounding bone and understand the best way to remove the tooth. The area is then numbed, and the tooth is carefully loosened from its socket with the use of dental instruments. Sometimes, a tooth may have to be cut into pieces prior to extracting it. Once the tooth is out, the area is cleaned and a gauze pad is placed to control bleeding.
It is important to keep the extraction site clean to prevent infection. You may feel pain after the effect of anesthesia has worn off. Painkillers will be prescribed to control it. Use an icepack if you experience swelling and eat soft, cold foods.