While saving a tooth is always preferred, sometimes removing it is healthier for your mouth. Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth that is decayed, impacted, or damaged. Tooth extraction may also be required in severe cases of gum disease. Tooth extraction may be done through a simple pulling technique, but if the tooth has broken, it will need to be removed in pieces.
What are the reasons for tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is done in cases of severe decay or damage. Wisdom teeth are often removed because they become impacted. Wisdom teeth are often painful and may cause your other teeth to become more susceptible shifting, decay, and gum disease. That’s why it is better to perform an extraction.
How can I prevent a tooth extraction?
It’s not always possible to avoid getting your wisdom teeth extracted, since they will always be recommended for extraction. However, you can prevent extraction of your other teeth with proper dental care and hygiene. This will help prevent decay and gum disease.
Is tooth extraction safe?
Tooth extraction is a common procedure that is generally safe. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
- Chest pain
- Severe pain in the mouth or anywhere else in the body
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive bleeding
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting
To avoid infection and help your mouth heal, you will need to properly care for your mouth. Do not clean your teeth for 24 hours. Use warm salt water to rinse out your mouth and remove food and bacteria. If you experience swelling or pain, use over-the-counter medication or ice packs.
Avoid teeth extraction with dental exams and cleanings. Are you due for one? If so, schedule one today by calling our office or booking an appointment online now.