The idea of getting a tooth pulled can be scary. Tooth extractions are often characterized as extremely painful, with a rough recovery period to follow. Luckily, dental science has advanced treatment and care of damaged teeth so extraction isn’t always necessary. Damaged teeth can be protected and restored with fillings, crowns, bridges and root canal procedures. There are cases, however, when a tooth is beyond repair and should be removed to prevent serious infection.
Why Should a Tooth Be Removed?
Some of the most common reasons for a dental extraction include:
- Impaction (removal of wisdom teeth): Impacted teeth are dangerous because they can grow in sideways and erupt only partially or not all. This makes them more susceptible to serious tooth decay. Additionally, the tissues surrounding an impacted tooth can become inflamed and trap bacteria, causing infection. Over time, the infected tooth can lead to abscesses. An abscess is a buildup of dead white blood cells and bacteria inside the tooth. If left untreated, the bacteria can travel to the bloodstream.
- Serious Fractures and Cracks: Sometimes, a tooth is too badly damaged to be repaired with a crown or filling. For a tooth that continually causes issues, extraction may be the best option for the health of the gums and surrounding teeth.
- Making Room for Orthodontic Treatment: If a patient has teeth crowding, he or she may need an extraction to facilitate orthodontic correction. This is especially true if the teeth protrude.
Dental extractions are done surgically or non-surgically depending on the condition of the tooth. A surgical extraction is done when a tooth is not easily accessible because it hasn’t fully broken through or it has broken under the gum line. An incision is made to access the tooth, then the tooth may be broken into pieces for ease of removal.
Non-surgical extraction require dental forceps and an elevator for careful tooth removal. Anesthesia may be given to relieve the pain.
Post-Extraction Healing Process
Following a tooth extraction, it is common to experience bleeding–especially in the first hour after the procedure. This is because it takes roughly an hour for a blood clot to form in the socket. The open wound overlying the dental socket will take about a week to heal. Over the next one to two months, the socket will fill in with soft gum tissue. The final socket closure with bony remodeling can take six months or longer.
Patriot Family Dental is proud to offer tooth extractions with minimal pain in Clarksville. If you need a tooth extraction and subsequent tooth replacement, we can help you get the care you need.
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.