According to The Mayo Clinic, extractions run a very low risk of complications and are performed very routinely at Indigo Dental. With the help of our doctors your extraction will go smoothly and be as painless as possible.
Causes for Tooth Extraction
While there are many reasons your doctor may recommend an extraction, one of the biggest reasons is tooth decay that has gone past the point of being fixed or repaired.
The extraction is essentially performed to prevent further infection and make your pain levels much more manageable or even alleviate all of your pain.
Another reason your doctor may recommend extractions would be for impacted teeth, malfunctioning teeth or hard to reach teeth.
This extraction will prevent future crowding of your remaining teeth, ensuring a great looking smile when the process is all done.
Although there are varying difficulties of extractions, most of them are uneventful and only last a few minutes. Next the bone, gum and tooth will be anesthetized using a numbing agent for patients who will remain awake during the process.
Nitrus oxide (laughing gas) will also be given to aid in any additional anxiety or nervousness. Upon the start of the extraction, the patient will only feel pressure as opposed to pain.
Typically, your dentist can extract your teeth utilizing only applied pressure to the socket and dental forceps, rather than the need for surgery.
After the extraction, your dentist will provide you with very detailed instructions for caring of your wound for the next few days. In most cases this entails putting gauze on the effected area to minimize or stop bleeding for the first few hours following extraction.
The severity of the extraction may also come with medication that your doctor prescribes for you. This is to help relieve the pain for the following days after your extraction.
In most cases, if the extraction site is kept cleaning and you follow your doctors recovery instructions, your gums should be healed up without any trouble in just a matter of weeks.
After you are healed up, the dentist can replace one or more teeth with a bridge, implant or denture. This will help you with overall functionality and will look amazing when the process is complete.