While we all like to avoid tooth removal as much as possible. However sometimes a tooth is causing more harm than it is doing good in your mouth. Many patients experience overcrowded mouths, infected teeth, or complications from growing wisdom teeth.
To help remove problematic teeth and improve oral health, Linton Dental provides professional tooth extraction services. The tooth extraction process involves the safe dislodging of a tooth from your soft tissues and your jawbone. You can rest assured that we can provide painless services when you need a tooth extraction. Linton Dental can help you restore your dental health and remove a tooth that is causing you pain.
Tooth Extraction in Peachtree City, GA
Dr. Brian Linton, Dr. Ed Davis, and Dr. Hannah Voelker are your general dentists in Peachtree City, GA. They are happy to provide tooth extractions when necessary to their patients. Our dental care team at Linton Dental is happy to answer questions you have regarding your upcoming tooth extraction procedure. The following are some frequent questions about tooth extractions.
What is the Tooth Extraction Process?
The extraction of a tooth is the removal of the tooth from its socket in the alveolar bone. Dentists or oral and maxillofacial surgeons typically preform the procedure.
There are three types of extractions: impacted tooth extractions, non-surgical simple extractions, and tooth root removal. Impacted tooth extraction involves making an incision in the gum to expose the bone, and then cutting through it to remove the tooth. Non-surgical extraction, or “simple” or “open” extraction, does not require an incision. Instead the process relies on suction to draw out the contents of the socket, which your dentist can do with either a rubber tube or forceps.
We may use a dental dam during extraction to prevent saliva from entering into an open wound in the patient’s mouth. This can potentially contaminate any vulnerable tissue.
When do wisdom teeth typically grow in?
Your wisdom teeth typically grow around your late teens or early twenties. While some people do not experience any symptoms as the teeth grow in, others will experience some discomfort as they begin to erupt. Your gums may become red, inflamed, or tender around the eruption sites.
Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth grow in after the rest of your mouth has already fully developed. This means that there might not be much room in your mouth for these new teeth. As they attempt to erupt, they may become impacted due to the lack of space in your mouth. If they do manage to erupt, because they are in a difficult position to reach in the far back of your gums, you may find it challenging to keep them clean and free of infection.
Will tooth extraction hurt?
No, your tooth extraction should not cause you pain. We will numb the extraction site with a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel some pressure as we dislodge the tooth, but this shouldn’t be painful. We will advise you on proper aftercare steps to take to ensure that you can manage any soreness you experience after the anesthesia wears off.
What are the restrictions after a tooth extraction?
After your tooth extraction we recommend waiting 24 hours before rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution. This draws out bacteria while helping reduce inflammation. For the first few days, you shouldn’t use a straw at all because it may cause dry socket. You should also avoid smoking, as it slows the healing process. Soup, pudding, yogurt, and applesauce are all good food options for the day after an extraction because they are soft and easy to chew. It is best to stick to a soft diet after your tooth extraction until your mouth has healed and is ready for tougher chewing.
How many days should a person rest after tooth extraction?
The standard recovery time for a simple extraction is two days. A simple extraction is when teeth that have broken through the gum line are removed. This is one of the more common extractions that takes less time to heal. After two days you should be fine to resume your regular schedule.
How do I sleep after tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction it is important to lay properly while sleeping to promote healing. Sleeping on one’s side may cause a slight shift, making it more difficult to maintain healthy teeth. For at least a week after your extraction, you should sleep on your back. This is the best way to sleep and help reduce swelling.
How long does the blood clot stay after tooth extraction?
Your clot should be fully formed and in place 7-10 days after your extraction. If you require non-dissolving stitches, they will be taken out after a week. Avoid drinking through a straw and chewing on the extraction site during this time, as this may cause dry socket.