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Nobody wants to lose a tooth. Dentists put effort to refrain from pulling a tooth out of their patient’s mouth. However, when the tooth becomes unrestorable and the risk of bacteria spreading turns high, tooth extraction is the best option left for the patient’s oral health.
Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth from the dental socket or alveolus in the alveolar bone. Usually, severely damaged tooth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or dental trauma, as well as, impacted wisdom tooth may require this dental procedure. In orthodontics, teeth may also be extracted to create space.
Before the tooth extraction, an X-ray will be conducted to properly view the tooth’s location and plan the best method to remove it. The patient’s medical and dental history must be provided before the procedure to ensure that the patient is suitable for such dental procedure and avoid complications.
Removing the tooth will begin with the administration of a local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth to be extracted. To stop the bleeding, the patient will be asked to gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad which is placed over the wound. Stitches may also be required to close the wound. Recovery period may last only a few days.
Since a tooth extraction is a surgery, discomfort may be felt afterward. The dentist may prescribe painkillers to help relieve the patient of the pain. Home remedies like a cold compress and salt water rinse is beneficial in reducing swelling and pain.
It is also recommended to eat soft foods and limit intake of solid foods during the healing process. Smoking is not advisable since it can delay the healing process.