When do I need an extraction?
If a tooth has been damaged or broken by decay, your dentist will first try to repair it with a filling or crown. At times though, there is too much damage for the tooth to be saved. In this instance, the tooth must be removed.
A very loose tooth will require extraction if it can't be saved. Patients who get braces may need one or two teeth removed to provide room for their other teeth as they shift. In addition, those undergoing chemotherapy or are about to have an organ transplant may need damaged teeth removed to keep their mouth healthy.
Tooth extraction process
At Naeem Kachwee, we provide general extractions on teeth that can be seen in the mouth. In this type of extraction, we loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. We then use an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth. We normally use a local anaesthetic to numb the area.
It usually takes a few days to recover from a tooth extraction.
The following steps will help ensure your recovery goes well:
- After the dentist places the gauze pad over the affected area, bite down on it to reduce bleeding. Leave the gauze in for about three to four hours.
- Apply an ice pack to your cheek after the procedure, but only for 10 minutes at a time.
- Take any medications as prescribed
- Rest for the first 24 hours
- Avoid smoking
- Brush and floss your teeth as usual, but avoid the extraction area
- During the healing process, eat soft foods, such as yoghurt, custard pudding.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water 24 hours after the extraction
Warning signs to look out for
If you are experiencing pain that isn't disappearing after several days, or fever, pain, and pus or drainage from the incision, visit your dentist as soon as possible- these symptoms may be a sign of an infection.