Losing a tooth can be painful. In dentistry, there are a number of treatments and procedures to help save your tooth. But in some cases, especially in situations in which general root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings does not work, you may need to extract it. Tooth extractions nowadays are far less painful and also quicker than before. Apart from minor bleedings and a little discomfort, the experience is very well.
How Does a Tooth Extraction Work?
Let's see how a dental extraction procedure works. Before the extraction starts, the area around the tooth is marked, and topical or injectable anesthesia, like Novocaine, is used to numb the place.
After the extraction, patients may be required to take an antibiotic in case of side effects. The dentist may take certain precautions to prevent any infection. Smoking, drinking liquids using a straw, or vigorous brushing and rinsing is discouraged during the postoperative period as it might delay the healing process.
Applying a cold compress outside the affected area can help reduce swelling and promote faster healing.
Common Dental Extraction Procedures
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that appear at the end of your jaw. These are the last teeth that usually appear during a person's post-teen and pre-adult life.
If your wisdom teeth have already appeared and you experience pain, consider consulting a doctor to know if you need to get it extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth are extremely painful and can cause potential harm to your oral health. Some symptoms which you may experience due to this are:
- Severe pain and discomfort throughout the day or while eating
- Inflammation in face or gum
- Infections near that area
Many people get their wisdom teeth removed to prevent future problems. The lack of the four wisdom teeth does not have any kind of impact on a person; hence it is better to remove them if you face problems.
Extraction for Braces
Many times, while getting braces, your orthodontist might suggest you get a certain tooth removed for a better and healthier smile. It is very safe to get such a tooth removed and does not cause any kind of problems. Orthodontists are trained specialists who can do such complex work easily and skilfully. But do not worry beforehand; only a minor percentage of patients need teeth removal for braces.
Dr. Jeanne V. Devi, DDS, and her team of professional dental assistants offer pain-free, comfortable dental extraction procedures. Call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website for more details and scheduling appointments. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.