There are many reasons a tooth might need to be extracted, such as decay, trauma, gum disease, impacted teeth or in preparation for an orthodontic treatment like braces. Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to be extracted since most jaws are not large enough to have room for wisdom teeth without causing harm to other teeth in the mouth.
Thanks to sedation dentistry, extracting teeth is a relatively simple and painless process. Depending on the patient, the state of the tooth and the reason for extracting, there are generally two types of extractions that are performed.
When the tooth being removed is in a clearly visible position, isn’t broken and appears like it will be removed easily, it is considered a simple extraction.
If the extraction is more complicated due to the tooth being impacted or the tooth being broken, some of the gum tissue will have to be surgically moved in order to complete the extraction.
Immediately after the procedure, it will be important for the blood clot to form. To aid in the formation, bite down on gauze for about 30 minutes. If the clot has not formed, change the gauze and bite down for another 30 minutes.
Once the clot forms, avoid the following:
For pain and swelling, over the counter pain relief medicine and cold packs work well.