A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that removes a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are considered to be a last resort treatment and are only performed when one or more teeth poses a threat to your oral health. There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. A simple tooth extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in the mouth and can be removed with forceps. A surgical tooth extraction is performed on a tooth that is not visible in the mouth and requires an incision to be made in the gum tissue.
Did You Know?
The third set of molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, erupt during the late teens and early 20s. Since there is often not enough space for these teeth, they can become trapped under the gums and usually require extraction.
Do I need a tooth extraction?
Only a dentist or oral surgeon can determine if you need a tooth extraction. In most cases, extractions are recommended when the tooth is severely damaged, decayed, or infected. Extractions may also be recommended if you have overcrowding in your mouth or if you have impacted wisdom teeth. To determine if you need a tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with your Detroit dentist today.
What can I expect when having a tooth extraction at Grand River Family Dentistry?
First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic and offer dental sedation to relax you. Once the area is numb, the dentist will use forceps to lift the tooth and remove it from the socket. If you are having a surgical extraction, the dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue and remove the tooth in pieces. They will then place sutures in the gums.
What can I expect when recovering from a tooth extraction?
It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort after having a tooth extracted. The dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for the extraction site and what pain medication to take, if necessary. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Most patients recover from a tooth extraction within a week.