What is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a diseased or decaying tooth. Removing a tooth is often a last resort for many dentists. In most cases, a decayed or dysfunctional tooth can be saved so get a full examination before assuming that your circumstances call for tooth extraction. After all, our focus is to always save and maintain a healthy and full set of teeth. But there do exist certain circumstances where tooth extractions are necessary to avoid future oral health problems.
Causes for Tooth Extraction
Dr. DeStefano may perform a tooth extraction if a patient has the following conditions:
- Wisdom teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
Tooth extraction may also be necessary in preparation for braces.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Though the process is often simple, it is still important to seek a dentist with proper training in the safe removal of teeth. As Pittsford’s Top-Rated Local® dentist, Dr. DeStefano uses gentle precision and expertise to remove teeth only when required and safe for his patients.
After Dr. DeStefano decides that a tooth extraction is necessary, he will take x-rays to evaluate the tooth. The extraction procedure may be under local or general anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort. There are two types of tooth extractions:
- Simple extraction: A simple extraction is when the tooth is visible in the mouth. Dr. DeStefano will use forceps to remove the tooth.
- Surgical extraction: This extraction is performed on teeth that have a broken gum line or if they have not descended into the mouth. An example of this is wisdom teeth. The procedure is more complex and a oral surgeon may be necessary. This extraction may require anesthesia.
After tooth extraction, stitches may be necessary. Alternatively, a dental bridge, dental implant, or denture may be used to replace the missing tooth.
Recovery After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, patients may experience a certain amount of pain. Patients can relieve pain by applying ice to the external area, rinsing with warm salt water, or anti-inflammatory medicine. Antibiotics may be prescribed to the patient to fight infection. Patients may not be able to eat certain foods and hot liquids for up to 24 hours after the extraction. A follow up appointment may be necessary to remove stitches. Most patients recover within a week or two.
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Residents of Pittsford, Brighton and East Rochester are encouraged to call us at 585.248.2383 to request an appointment at a time that is convenient to them.