Extracting teeth is simple if the problem is diagnosed on time. Delaying the process of extracting affected teeth, especially impacted wisdom teeth can lead to complications. Understand the process; symptoms and need for extraction to prepare yourself for it when any such situation arrives.
There are a variety of reasons why some of your teeth may need removal or extraction. The basic aim of dentists and hygienists is to ensure that your mouth functions in the healthiest possible manner. So for the sake of the mouth's health, certain faulty teeth may need to be taken out. The reasons which lead to tooth extraction include an abscess, an infection which has established itself deep within the roots and root canal is no longer possible or may not be effective. If you have damaged your teeth in an accident they may need to be removed in order to restore the damage done to the entire biting strength. A prolonging gum disease which has weakened the roots of the tooth, resulting in bone loss and making the tooth loose is another possible reason for extraction.
But the most common reason for tooth extraction is occurrence of impacted third molar or wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars to surface and their arrival may not always be timely. If the eruption of wisdom tooth results in overcrowding or it is misaligned or misplaced, it is termed impacted and needs removal to protect the adjacent teeth. Extraction involves cutting of gum tissue and bone, so the procedure is painful that is why anaesthesia is administered to ease off the discomfort.
The type of anaesthesia is chosen based on the medical history of the patient and their preference. While local anaesthesia may be used to numb the area around the tooth, most people prefer to be administered with sleep sedation so that they are blissfully unaware of what is going inside their mouth and when they wake up it is all done. This gives them a feeling that they have saved a lot of time and allows them to stay away from the view of dentist operating inside their mouth, which might make some people really uncomfortable. This procedure is convenient for the dentist too as he is able to perform it without any interruptions and distractions.
Depending upon the kind of extraction and the depth of the procedure, the patient may have to wait from 2 to 3 days before the discomfort recedes, and before the mouth is ready for a restorative procedure. It is normal to experience a little bleeding and swelling after the extraction of wisdom tooth. As is the case with any type of incision in the body, the cut in the mouth will give away small amount of blood which you can spit. But if there is a lot of blood oozing out, you should consult your dentist right away. Your dentist will fix the problem and will give you tips on how to fasten the healing process.
There are not many complications involved in tooth extraction; usually the procedure goes very smoothly. The dentist will conduct a thorough analysis with the help of an x-ray and by studying your medical history to check for any current infection or the possible presence of nerve in the area concerned. Only when the dentist is satisfied that the path is clear and your mouth is fit for extraction will he proceed with the procedure.
Source by Jessica Richard Parker