A dental extraction ( also referred to as tooth extraction) is the removal of a tooth or teeth from the dental socket in the alveolar bone. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with toothache. Sometimes teeth are impacted (stuck and unable to grow normally into the mouth) and may cause recurrent infections of the gum (pericoronitis). Sometimes an extraction is recommended to create space so the rest of the teeth can be straightened.
Reasons That You Might Need Dental Extractions
- Severe Decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abcess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
- Dental Trauma
Helpful Advice After the Dental Extraction
After the dental extraction don’t do anything that will cause harm to the area and follow the doctors guideline. We usually recommend a soft diet for the next several days and optimal oral hygiene. Doing warm salt water rinses or alcohol free mouth wash is also helpful. If you smoke, you must refrain from smoking for the next several days to prevent a dry socket from happening. A dry socket is the loss of the blood clot and can we very painful. Nicotine is a blood thinner and can cause the loss of the blood clot, along with the suction action created while smoking. Therefore the best advice is to refrain and get a patch is necessary. Talk to your doctor for more information.