What you should know about tooth extractions
Though you may dread having a tooth extracted, Cincinnati dentists commonly perform this procedure and can do so quickly with little or no pain to the patient.
Before beginning the tooth extraction procedure, a dentist will likely numb the area with local anesthesia, which minimizes the patient's discomfort. The dentist will then secure forceps around the tooth needing to be extracted and move them back and forth motion until the tooth comes free from the gum.
This will loosen the tooth enough for him to pull it successfully from the mouth. In some cases, he will separate the tooth from the gum using an instrument called a "dental elevator."
A tooth below the gum line needs a surgical extraction. Oral surgeons typically perform this surgery on wisdom teeth or a tooth that has broken.
Some people have this procedure done with just the area numb while others opt for general anesthesia. The oral surgeon will need to cut around the gums to form an opening large enough to remove the tooth. The tooth might be removed as a whole or it may be broken and removed one piece at a time.
After extracting a tooth, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for the area. According to the American Dental Association, you should refrain from smoking, drinking from a straw or rinsing too hard.
The ADA recommends keeping ice on the area, using gauze to absorb any blood and gently rinsing with water to cleanse the area. By properly caring for the extraction site, you reduce the risk of complications, such as dry sockets and infections.
If you have tooth pain or suspect you need a tooth extracted, make an appointment with your Cincinnati dentist. Your dental provider will discuss the right treatment plan for you. If you’re in need of a new provider, search Angie’s List.
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