From time to time patients may experience a traumatic tooth injury or a tooth simply dying ultimately requiring removal or extraction.
From time to time patients may experience a traumatic tooth injury or a tooth simply dying ultimately requiring removal or extraction. There are indeed times when extraction is the only option. Of course your dental care provider will exhaust every other option prior to considering extraction. When a tooth is decayed, broken, chipped, cracked or damaged beyond saving then extraction is usually the best strategy. From severe periodontal disease to impaction and even an infected root that is gone beyond root canal treatment, extraction is often a smart solution to many serious dental problems.
The extraction process itself is quite simple and can be done in a relatively short amount of time barring any complications. For example if there is a massive infection present the patient may require antibiotic treatments before the tooth can be extracted. In many cases an extraction can be done in a single visit. The area around the tooth to be extracted is numbed with local anesthesia and then the extraction begins. The patient may feel slight pressure and rocking as the tooth is loosened gently in its socket before it is completely removed. Once the tooth has been removed the dentist will typically show the patient the extracted tooth.
Anesthesia is highly effective at making sure that the patient feels no pressure or pain during the process. This is because anesthesia goes right to the nerve that usually transmits pain signals to the brain. In more serious cases, the tooth root may require surgical removal. Again it is important to note that each patient is unique and different and therefore each extraction case is also unique and different. Following tooth extraction a clot will form in the socket. Typically the patient will bite down on gauze for approximately 30 to 45 minutes as a way to stop the bleeding. Contact your Elk Grove dental care professional, Dr. My Huynh at Laguna Park Dentistry today for more information on tooth extraction techniques and procedures.