Last Updated on February 5, 2021 by Dr Gustavo Assatourians DDS
A dental extraction is a procedure in which one or more diseased teeth are extracted that cannot be treated through other methods that can keep these teeth in our mouth since this would avoid possible serious infections. Also, some teeth must be extracted on a specialist’s advice as a complementary part of another treatment.
The extraction of a tooth is the last resort for dental treatment. In the Channel Islands Family Dental office, all specialists have a principle to save and maintain teeth by all possible means. However, sometimes the only proper treatment is to extract the tooth.
Indications for an extraction
There are many reasons dental extractions are recommended.
Below you can find some of them:
- Broken, fractured, cracked, deeply decayed teeth that cannot be rebuilt;
- Periodontal teeth with advanced mobility;
- Teeth with cysts and large granulomas that did not react positively to treatment;
- Badly positioned teeth or teeth displaced from their correct position in the dental arch, which cannot be straightened with orthodontic techniques;
- Teeth occluded;
- For orthodontic purposes for a pleasant smile.
Is it painful?
Dental extraction has been practiced from ancient times to the present day. There has always been a relationship between tooth extraction and the pain caused by the anguish and fear that have accompanied this dental practice. In most cases with an actual basis because of poor techniques, inadequate anesthesia methods, the lack of interest that the professional pays the intervention, or inadequate preparation to bring it to a successful conclusion.
The extraction should not pose a risk in terms of its performance and corresponding postoperative period. We can also consider that the extraction would help stop the pain coming from the affected tooth immediately.
Are there complications?
The usual complications of bleeding, infection, and pain that accompanied every surgical procedure in the past have been overcome, making extraction a simple technique, without the slightest discomfort and with few postoperative complications.
Can a tooth extraction be achieved without pain?
For the extraction to be painless, the first step is to use a good anesthesia technique. The knowledge and experience of the dentist are essential so that there is no pain. Second, to achieve a painless extraction, the dental clinic must have adequate anesthetics. Various types of anesthetics are used in good dental clinics. Each anesthetic has qualities that make it ideal for different situations.
Post tooth extraction tips
In order to relieve pain or discomfort after a tooth extraction, you should follow all the dentist’s advice. Some of these are:
- First, keep constant pressure on the wound with gauze to stop the bleeding. The gauze should be held at the extraction site for 30 minutes to facilitate clotting. Cold compresses and ice packs can also be helpful.
- After tooth extraction, it is advisable to take analgesics and anti-inflammatories immediately after surgery, since you may have pain or discomfort after the effect of the anesthesia has worn off. Sometimes (for example, when a complicated tooth extraction has been done), the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
- Do not chew, rinse, and do not touch the extraction site directly for at least 24-48 hours, as it may cause injury or break the suture threads.
- A few days after tooth extraction, avoid eating hard, overly hot, or cold foods. This reduces the possibility of injury at the tooth extraction site.
- It is important not to smoke for at least 24 hours after tooth extraction, as this increases the risk of bleeding and delays healing.
What to do after?
Before a tooth extraction, it is necessary to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure. If tooth extraction is unavoidable, you need to know the importance of replacing missing teeth.
The remaining teeth begin to move to fill in the space left after tooth extraction, leading to jaw problems over time.
Hygiene can be problematic for moving teeth, so they are more vulnerable to cavities and other tooth diseases, which increases the risk of their loss. Therefore, it is essential to replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.
As you can see, tooth extraction helps to stop the pain, and it can be done painlessly. We will help you choose the best treatment at Family Dental Office by giving an early diagnosis, and we offer you a variety of dental services that will help improve your smile and your health. Please do not hesitate to contact us.