Tooth Extraction – What to Expect When Having a Tooth Pulled
Tooth extraction is the process of extracting, or removing, a tooth. Before this procedure can be performed, you must first inform your dentist of any medical conditions you may have, including a history of valve or heart conditions, diabetes or artificial joints. It is also important to inform your dentist of any medications you may be taking or have previously taken. This includes blood thinners, Phen fen, Redux or any medicines with bisphosphonates in them.
Tooth Extraction Process
The first step in the process is to apply an anesthetic. This makes the tooth extraction more comfortable by numbing the immediate area. Some dentists will use nitrous oxide gas in conjunction to the anesthetic. Consult with your Greeley dentist beforehand if you have a personal preference. Extraction will not begin until the area is completely numb.
The first tool your dentist will use is called an elevator. This instrument helps loosen the tooth. Once the tooth is loose enough, your dentist will use forceps to remove it from its socket. If complications arise, a surgical hand tool may be used to aid in the tooth extraction process.
Dental Extraction Complications
Although this is a routine procedure, there is still the risk of complications arising. There is a small chance of developing an infection after the extraction. Continued bleeding and tenderness at the extraction site is also possible. Other possible complications include:
- Loosening of fillings, crowns and nearby teeth
- Dry socket
- Although rare, there is a possibility that an upper tooth can become dislodged into the sinus.
- Permanent or temporary numbness and a fractured jaw are two very rare complications.
Do not forget to consult with your dentist about post-operative care. It is also important to develop a proper home care routine to keep your teeth healthy after the tooth has been removed.
Replacing the Extracted Tooth
Once the tooth is extracted, it is usually recommended you replace it as soon as possible. The space left behind gives neighboring teeth the opportunity to shift over into that space. This can create complications with misalignment, which can result in joint or jaw problems later on. Shifted teeth are notoriously difficult to clean. This makes them vulnerable to decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. This is why it is so crucial to replace the extracted tooth with an implant, bridge or a removable partial denture.
Extraction is Not Always the Best Choice
It is tempting to consider pulling a tooth rather than repairing it. After all, the cost of dental extraction is typically more affordable than other repair procedures. However, it may actually wind up costing you more if you decide to go this route. As previously mentioned, you will need to replace the tooth once it is extracted. The cost to remove the tooth and replace it may wind up being more costly than just repairing it.
Pulling a tooth is a relatively simple procedure that comes with minimal risks. If you are having a tooth removed, make sure that you have a plan in place to remove that tooth as soon as possible to avoid future complications. Also, consider whether or not it is better to simply repair the tooth rather than going through the process of removing the tooth and replacing it. If you are unsure of the best course of action, Dr. Williams of Ascent Family Dental will be happy to help. Tooth extraction does not have to be complicated – Make an appointment with us today to see how we can help.