While tooth extractions might be a little harrowing to consider, in many cases, they are simply necessary in order to maintain the health and overall integrity of the patient’s oral cavity. With modern-day sedation dentistry, the patients can rest assured that they will be appropriately numbed before the procedure begins so they can relax throughout the process. Exodontia is the medical term for tooth extraction. It does not matter why the patient is in need of a tooth extraction. Whether it was trauma, tooth decay, gum disease, or something else, it does not matter. Tooth extractions can provide a last resort solution for the patient. Wisdom teeth are extracted more frequently than any other teeth.
While extractions are common, we make every attempt to restore the natural tooth. It is preferable to save the tooth and avoid needing more invasive restorative procedures. When a tooth is missing, the oppositional forces of the teeth coming together while eating is lost. When this is lost, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate. It is needed for the jawbone to remain healthy. Patients who have a sore tooth or who have been suffering from periodontal disease can come to our office for a thorough evaluation.
Do I Need an Extraction?
They are two different kinds of tooth extractions. They are chosen for a variety of reasons. Which one is appropriate for you? We will not know until the evaluation has been completed. Regardless of the type of extraction, they both utilize gentle, constant pressure to withdraw the tooth from the supportive gum tissue.
The first type is known as a simple extraction and is, as the name suggests, a straightforward procedure. It uses a numbing agent to the tooth and surrounding gum area to ensure the patient is numbed while the surgery is occurring.
The other type of extraction is known as a surgical extraction. This is usually only chosen when teeth fail to erupt, or they remain completely impacted. When teeth do not erupt properly, they can cause a variety of problems with other teeth and the jawbone. In some cases, the tooth may be so deeply impacted, it may need to be broken up into smaller, more manageable pieces to be extracted. Recovering from a surgical extraction usually requires a few days of rest and a careful diet.
Extractions and Recovery
Back in the Old West, patients would be given a bottle of whiskey and told to drink up to dull the pain of the procedure. There would also be minimal aftercare instructions. Things have changed. After simple extractions, the recovery period is minimal. Rest is the best recommendation. For surgical extractions, it might take a few days and the use of anti-inflammatory medications to fully recover.
Any patient in need of an extraction should come to see us at Alki Dental. We are more than willing to do an evaluation to recommend which extraction procedure would be best. Call us at 206-791-2020 to schedule your office visit.