Learning About Dental Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are described as the removal of a tooth from the socket in the alveolar bone. The procedure is usually done by a dentist or an oral surgeon. There are many reasons why a person may need an extraction. Some causes include decay, cavities, infection and teeth crowding.
If you need a tooth extraction, your dentist will use anaesthesia (either a general, intravenous, local or a combination ) to numb the area and decrease pain and discomfort during the procedure. The procedure itself can be categorized into two types of extractions:
The first type is called a simple extraction. This extraction is done on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. Your dentist will use an elevator to loosen the tooth to be extracted and then pull the tooth using forceps. The second type of extraction is known as a surgical extraction. This type is needed when a tooth has broken off at your gum line, or when a tooth has not yet erupted. During this extraction, an incision is made into your gum and some bone around your tooth may also be removed.
After the procedure, post-extraction instructions are given to help with the recovery period. The initial healing period will take about one to two weeks as the new bone and gum tissue grow into the gap created by the tooth extraction. Your dentist will then recommend the use of an implant, denture or bridge to replace the missing tooth and to help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting or misaligning.
If you have any questions about tooth extractions or other dental procedures, contact us at Aurora Dental Studio. We are happy to explain our procedures to help make our patients feel comfortable and at ease.
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