What Are Tooth Extractions?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a decayed, obstructed, or otherwise interfering tooth from the mouth. This also includes the removal of wisdom teeth. Generally, tooth extractions can be fairly simple if they are above the surface, but if the damaged teeth are broken, below the surface or impacted, a lengthier procedure may be required.
During an extraction, the tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. In order to remove the tooth, the dentist must first enlarge the socket it is nestled in before they can separate the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place. Then the tooth is pulled out of the socket.
There are risks associated with a tooth extraction, but they can be minimized by communicating with your dentist about existing health conditions, allergies and previous surgical complications.
Why Might I Need A Tooth Extraction?
You may need to get a tooth extraction at some point in your life. Most people get their wisdom teeth removed early in life, which is an example of impacted teeth removal. Here are a few reasons why you might need a tooth extraction:
- Your tooth is badly infected by periodontal disease
- Your tooth is badly damaged and cannot be restored
- You are suffering from pain after a filling, crown, or treatment for a root canal
A tell-tale sign that there is something wrong is if you are feeling radiating pain throughout your gums or jawbone. This could mean that there is infection or a deep cavity that needs to be treated.
What to Expect From a Tooth Extraction
To take the first step towards better dental health, let’s get you prepared for your tooth extraction! Before the day of the actual procedure, our dentists will X-ray your mouth and may recommend medications, supplements, or over-the-counter drugs to take beforehand. Be sure to follow their instructions for better pain management and for a higher chance of success during the procedure.
It is very important that you tell your dentist about any preexisting conditions you may have that could affect what sedation drugs you should or should not use, as well as any antibiotics you may need to take before and after the procedure. Some examples of preexisting conditions that your dentist should know about are:
- Congenital heart defect
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disease
- Adrenal disease
- An impaired immune system
- Damaged heart valves
- An artificial joint
To prevent procedural pain, the patient may be given some form of sedation drug that will cause drowsiness. Canyon Rim Dental offers either laughing gas, oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. Depending on the procedure you are undergoing, it is a good idea to consult with our dentists to know which sedation technique is best for you.
Be sure to follow all after-care instructions for this procedure so as not to cause further complications. The same applies to wisdom tooth removal.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
Today makes week three since having my wisdom teeth extracted at Canyon Rim. [They] did an amazing job, not only making a stress inducing procedure seem effortless, but also showing the utmost care and professionalism. Going in for a wisdom tooth extraction on only my 2nd ever dentist visit, my anxiety was through the roof, but [they] went above and beyond to help me feel right at home.Jesse A.