Tooth extractions are dental procedures in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are typically performed when a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, infected, impacted, or causing other dental or oral health issues. Here are the key points about dental extractions:
- Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth being extracted, ensuring a pain-free experience.
- Loosening the Tooth: The dentist or oral surgeon uses specialised instruments to gently loosen the tooth within its socket.
- Extraction: The tooth is carefully lifted and removed from the socket. In some cases, a tooth might need to be sectioned before extraction if it's difficult to remove in one piece.
- Suturing: After the extraction, sutures (stitches) may be placed to help with healing and reduce bleeding. These sutures may dissolve on their own or need to be removed after a few days.
- Gauze and Recovery: Gauze is placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and aid in clot formation. Aftercare instructions are provided to ensure proper healing.
- Follow post-operative instructions carefully, including recommended pain relief, oral hygiene, and diet.
- Avoid activities that might dislodge the blood clot forming in the socket, as this could lead to a painful condition known as dry socket.
- Attend any follow-up appointments recommended by your dentist or oral surgeon.
Replacing Extracted Teeth:
Depending on the location and purpose of the extracted tooth, you might consider options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures to restore function and appearance.