The tooth removal usually occurs when that damaged tooth can not be repaired either by filling or crown. This is when the dentist will recommend extracting the tooth, it is usually the last option. The process is the last resort to help fix decaying or completely damaged tooth, and the dentist should talk you through the whole process to make you aware of all the processes involved.
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What are the reason for tooth removal?
There are many reason why a tooth removal will be the last option, and below are lists of some of the contributing factors.
- Badly damaged tooth
- Severe gum disease like the periodontal disease
- Unrepairable broken tooth
- Due to an abscess caused by pus
- Due to impacted wisdom tooth
- Too many tooth together or crowded teeth
How to prepare for tooth removal
The first step is, the dentist will explain all the procedures involved including before and after the surgery. The dentist will take into record your previous dental problems. The dentist will also try and identify any underlying medical conditions and identify any allergies you may have.
Taking a record of any prescriptions you are on and any previous or recent surgeries.
What are tooth removal process
The dentist will inject local anesthetic around the teeth area, wait for some minutes while you sit comfortably, asking you a few questions to monitor the effect of the injection. The tooth will be widened to loosen the tooth to be removed, and maybe stitched to help heal quickly.
It should be painless due to the local anesthetic, you should feel a little pressure in the mouth. If you feel pain, alert the dentist.
What are tooth removal aftercare
- You may experience gum bleeding after the tooth is out, but this should last for only a few minutes, and the use of soft padding to bite on to help stop bleeding.
- You will surely get some advice and guides on how to take care of the gum and tooth, and the dentist will also recommend some antibacterial mouthwash and painkillers.
- The dentist may recommend antibiotics to help prevent infections.
- You will surely try to get some rest before the anesthetic or sedatives subsides, and after the anesthetic wears off you can feel really sore. Get rest and keep your head elevated when sleeping to avoid bleeding.
- A follow-up checkup may be required in more complicated cases, but in most times no dentist revisit is required.
- You should certainly avoid taking hot food or drinks before you begin to feel normal.
- Take care when talking or eating to avoid biting your tongue.
- If you feel more pains, take some over the counter painkillers and ibuprofen, but if you happen to have more severe pains that last more than a week, contact your dentist, if not the pain should subside.
What are the healing process for tooth removal?
Avoid rinsing your mouth 24hrs after tooth removal so as not to disturb any blood clot that may lead to bleeding. You can rinse after 24hrs through mouthwash using warm saltwater. You can do the saltwater rinsing for about 4 times a day.
Eat soft food as your first meal so you don’t chew on your tooth, and if you notice bleeding, bite on a dental soft pad or clean handkerchief for a few minutes. For the next 24hrs or more, do not drink alcohol or smoke, and don’t forget to brush your teeth avoiding the wound (use a soft toothbrush). If you had stitches, this should dissolve within a week or more.
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What are the side effects and complications of tooth removal?
In most cases, everything should go fine, but in rare cases, complications can happen, which we refer as side effects. Some of the side effects are listed below.
You may experience discomfort and swelling for some days, and also some bruising for some weeks. The jaw may feel stiff for some weeks, but you should avoid a forceful opening of your jaw if it feels stiffen.
You may experience mild bleed for a few days and if it continues you must consult your surgeon or dentist. You may also experience nerve bruising due to the surgery causing you to feel tingling, pin or needle feeling, or feeling numb in the gum.
Sometimes, you encounter damage to the teeth nearest to the removed tooth, but if it is too large the tooth may also feel sensitive and can last for a few weeks.
If there is no blood clot around the socket of the removed tooth, it can lead to poor healing and can cause a dry socket. Usually occurs with smokers or on contraceptive. Consult your dentist for further treatment to avoid infection.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Due to the type of tooth extraction or location of the teeth, this may differ. But it takes about 7 to 10 days to heal, as far as you try your best to keep the blood clot in its place, in the tooth socket. Moving, grinding, or chewing on hard food may cause dislodging which can lead to dry painful socket.
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Is it painful to remove a tooth?
Is it painful to remove a tooth? the answer is Yes, you usually get the local anesthesia during the procedure to help numb the canal from pain. After the process when the anesthesia has weighed off, the pain takes over, the dentists will recommend an over-the-counter(OTC) medication or prescription pain medication.
How much does it cost for teeth removal?
There are many factors that determine how much it will cost to pull a tooth, the location of the tooth, type of anesthesia used, the dentist undertaking the surgery. They usually charge base on a single tooth, usually about 80 – 250, but the cost can increase depending on the type of anesthesia used. An impacted tooth can cost up to 4,500.
How do you know if you need a tooth removed?
To know if your teeth need to be extracted, the common signs are the kind of dental pain. If the tooth is infected periodontal disease, or too damaged to use filling or crown to restore the tooth.
Is it better to have a tooth pulled or get a root canal?
Root canal vs tooth removal treatment
- The root canal treatment is more convenient and healthy.
- If the tooth is treated through filling or crown, it looks more perfect, normal, and more functional.
- Tooth removal is usually more painful.
- Tooth removals require a follow-up visit.
- The root canal therapy doesn’t take time and much easier.
- Rooth canal retains your natural teeth, tooth extraction removes the natural teeth.
What happens if tooth breaks during extraction?
If your tooth happens to break during extraction, the dentist must tell you this. The remaining piece of teeth will also be removed to avoid pain and infections.