When should I get a tooth extracted?
In ideal circumstances, your teeth will last your whole life. Unfortunately, not everything goes to plan, and some things are simply out of our control. Common reasons for needing a tooth extraction include:
- Trauma, including sports or work injuries.
- Severe tooth decay
- Preparation for dental implants or other dental restoration
- Periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease that can cause the tooth to become loose and need extracting
- Crowded teeth, where there are too many teeth for the jaw to fit comfortably
- Wisdom teeth erupting poorly
Extractions have a reputation for being unpleasant, but at Universal Dental Care you’ll find great care has been taken to provide extractions with maximum comfort and minimal stress.
How do extractions work?
A simple extraction is a very straightforward process. Your dentist will give you local anaesthesia before gently dislodging the tooth. It’s then removed from the mouth, and the site cleaned. This can be done in a dental chair and is a short, simple process.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes be more complex. This is especially true if the tooth has only partially crowned, or has tipped sideways in the jaw bone and remains completely below the gum.
For complex extractions, your Universal Dental Care dentist will need to create an incision in the gum to access the tooth. For a completely impacted wisdom tooth, a small amount of bone may also need to be taken to get to the tooth.
What do I do after a tooth extraction?
You will received after-care instructions from your Universal Dental Care dentist following a tooth extraction. Following this advice will allow for a smooth recovery.
For simple extractions, you can generally return to normal routine almost immediately. Wisdom teeth and complex extractions may require you to take a day or two off work.
Taking care of the socket is essential after extractions. Follow the care guide given to you to avoid agitating the tissue as it heals. You may need a saltwater rinse to aid in healing, and after some extractions it may be necessary to eat soft foods for a few days.
Each tooth extraction is unique, so the best way to find out how yours will go is to contact the team at Universal Dental Care. They’ll assess your mouth and unique situation to give you the best course of action.
If you’re in need of a tooth extraction in Federal Way, WA, contact Universal Dental Care today either by phone or online. Same-day and emergency appointments available.