If you’re in need of a dental extraction, then you’re in the right place. At Boyle Family Dental, we have experience with removing teeth that are causing pain and hindering your oral health. How do you know if you need to have a tooth extracted?
Do You Need a Tooth Pulled?
You may need a tooth pulled if your gums surrounding the tooth are red, swollen, bleeding, or ravaged by gum disease and are causing consistent pain. Other signs may also be obvious by seeing that your tooth is extremely damaged, broken, or decaying. If your teeth are overcrowded, a tooth can be pulled to help make room for your other teeth. If you get a tooth infection, the tooth may be unsalvageable and need to be removed.
How Do Extractions Work?
Extractions are done either by trained general dentists or oral surgeons. The patient is given a local anesthetic to numb the area of the extraction site. This will keep you from feeling discomfort or pain during the procedure. A simple extraction can take anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes depending on the situation and what kind of teeth are being removed. For example, wisdom teeth removal sometimes takes longer to do because there are multiple teeth being removed or for some, there is a need to remove bone in order to complete the extraction. The anesthesia wears off well after the procedure is finished, so there’s no need to worry about feeling pain. The tooth is removed, sometimes in pieces, from your jaw bone and then your extraction is complete.
If your extraction is more serious and will take a longer amount of time, you may be required to see an oral surgeon for the extraction as that involves general anesthesia that will keep you asleep and while the procedure takes place.
How Long Does It Take to Heal?
Healing from a dental extraction usually takes anywhere from a few days up to a week. It’s important to keep the extraction site clean and to avoid foods that require a lot of heavy chewing. Something to watch for is dry socket, which is a rare but painful dental occurrence that results from a blood clot forming in the space where the tooth was removed. Signs of dry socket may include pain and bad breath.
If you think you may need a dental extraction, give Boyle Family Dental a call and schedule an exam as soon as possible.