Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions
If you have damaged teeth, your Meadowlands dental Ancaster dentist will try to fix it with a crown, regular filling or other appropriate treatments. Unfortunately, in some situations the damage is too great for any of these options, and your tooth will need to be removed.
There are two main types of tooth extractions – simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions involve the dentist to use a tool commonly referred to as an elevator to loosen to tooth, then removes it using forceps. Your family dentist may opt for a surgical extraction if your case is more complicated – usually if the tooth has not come in yet or has been broken off at the gum line.
Your Meadowlands dental team, at Golf Links Dental, will explain which process is right for you, ensuring you fully understand the procedure, the expected recovery and that you’re comfortable with the recommended treatment plan.
While every patient’s recovery is individual, the soft tissue around the extraction will usually heal completely within four weeks, but you’ll need to avoid physical activity for 2-3 days immediately following the procedure to allow for clotting.
Here are the most common reasons that tooth extractions are needed:
- Extra teeth – every person’s anatomy is different, and that includes their teeth. Some people have extra teeth in their mouth that can block the growth of other teeth. In this case, the extra teeth should be extracted.
- Baby teeth – some baby teeth come out naturally, and some do not. There are situations in which baby teeth need to be removed so the patient’s permanent teeth have room to grow.
- Braces – sometimes braces and other orthodontics require tooth extractions to make room for the teeth being moved into place.
- Medications – certain illnesses require patients to take medications that weaken their immune systems, which can cause teeth to get infected and need removal.
- Wisdom teeth – patients in their late teens and early twenties will often need their wisdom teeth removed. This is needed when the wisdom teeth have decayed, gotten infected or disrupt the growth of other teeth.
If you have any questions about tooth extractions or concerns about your oral health, your Meadowlands dentist is here to help. Please give us a call to set up an appointment.