It’s never news that you want to get: to have to have a tooth extracted. However, sometimes it’s necessary, whether it’s due to tooth decay that’s beyond recovery or having to make room in your mouth for another dental procedure (such as braces).
Think you may need tooth extractions in Mandeville? There are two types of tooth extractions. A simple extraction is done on a tooth that is clearly visible in the mouth (that has fully erupted). A surgical extraction, which is a more complicated procedure, must be performed on a tooth (or teeth) that has either broken off at the gum line or has not fully erupted in the mouth.
Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will inject the site with a local anesthetic to numb it. If more than one tooth is being removed, a stronger anesthetic may be used, and you may be sedated for the duration of the procedure.
For simple extractions, the dentist will loosen the tooth with a tool called an elevator and remove it with forceps. If the tooth is impacted or broken, he or she will need to first make a small incision into the gums and remove gum tissue and bone tissue covering the tooth. The tooth will then be grasped firmly and rocked back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and the ligaments that hold it in place. Once sufficiently loosened, it can be pulled. If a tooth is particularly difficult to pull, it may be broken into pieces first before being removed. Your Mandeville, LA dentist may place a few stitches (usually self-dissolving) over the extraction site to close the gum edges.
Recovery after a tooth extraction usually takes a few days and will likely include some discomfort. To minimize any pain or discomfort, some painkillers may be prescribed. The extraction site will need to be handled gently for a few days following the procedure. Limit activity, avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully, do not smoke or use a straw, and eat soft foods. You will need to continue brushing and flossing, but avoid the extraction site in order to help prevent infection. Your Mandeville, LA dentist will provide you with more detailed care instructions.