A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. We may have to perform an extraction for a variety of reasons, ranging from bacterial infections to the need to clear space for orthodontic appliances like braces or Invisalign. No matter the reason, an extraction is a common dental procedure performed in Smyrna Dental Group.
What Do You Need to Know About Extractions?
When you come in for an extraction, we will numb your gums with local anesthesia before removing the tooth. This will ensure that the process is painless and that you remain completely comfortable throughout the procedure. Once the tooth is removed, we will clean your gums and administer antibiotics to prevent infections like plaque build-up and gum disease.
You may experience some bleeding after your extraction, but this should subside within a couple of days. You can use a cold compress or put ice on your gums to relieve swelling and discomfort. We suggest eating soft foods for the next couple of days following an extraction, but you can resume your regular diet after a few days.
Why Do We Perform Extractions?
- Tooth decay and cavities are one of the most common reasons why we perform extractions. They can be painful and cause infections if left untreated for too long, which is why we recommend extracting teeth that have undergone significant decay.
- Extractions are performed to remove impacted teeth or wisdom teeth that do not emerge from their sockets properly. They can cause pain and infection if left in place, which is why we recommend removing them as soon as possible.
- For making space for orthodontic appliances like braces or Invisalign, teeth extraction may be needed. When you get braces or Invisalign, we will need to clear space in your mouth by removing some teeth in order to place the aligners properly.
- Sometimes, damaged or broken teeth may need to be extracted so that it does not affect the other teeth and our overall oral health. Broken teeth are extremely painful and can cause bone loss if left untreated for too long. We recommend extracting such teeth so that you do not experience further pain and discomfort down the line.
- For removing impacted wisdom teeth before they cause pain and discomfort, wisdom teeth removal surgery is performed.
- The application of an ice pack to the cheek after the procedure can help in reducing swelling.
- After tooth extraction, biting down on a cotton gauze can reduce bleeding and support clot formation.
- Take the medications prescribed by the dentist.
- Do not perform any strenuous activities for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
- Don’t smoke, as it will affect the healing process.
- Avoid the extraction while brushing and flossing the teeth.
- Eat only soft foods on the day of teeth extraction.
If you are interested in learning more about our services, call Smyrna Dental Group in Smyrna, TN, at (615) 355-6800 to schedule an appointment with our dentists or request an appointment online.