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Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is the process of pulling teeth from the dental cavity in the alveolar bone. An oral surgeon or a dentist performs this procedure. Extraction is majorly divided into two different kinds - simple extractions and surgical extractions. The type of extraction depends on the teeth being removed, the roots a tooth has, and the position of the teeth in the mouth.

For extraction to occur, an x-ray may first be taken. The x-ray is conducted to provide visibility on the roots of the teeth which are being extracted, which cannot be observed directly in the mouth.

Row of wooden tooth shapes, one of which is being pulled out of the row by dental pliers

The process of extraction and healing

Before the teeth are extracted, the dentist administers a local anesthetic to ensure numbness to the tooth and the tissues surrounding the teeth. To achieve numbness, various techniques can be used, such as infiltration, an injection where the anesthetic is administered to the gum near the root tip. The anesthetic can penetrate through the bone and reach the nerve bundle. A nerve bundle is also an injection, but it is delivered into the nerves directly. The most commonly used aesthetic includes lidocaine and articaine. Gels and creams like benzocaine can also be used.

After achieving numbness, the dentist will use instruments that help with easy removal of the teeth. The most commonly used instrument is a pair of forceps, however, it depends on the type of teeth being removed, and the area in the mouth the tooth is being extracted. The beaks of the forceps hold onto the root of the tooth before applying pressure towards the root of the tooth along the long axis; the forceps move toward the buccal and toward the palatal, making the tooth loosen and it is then removed from the socket.

Why are teeth extracted?

The reasons for needing a tooth extraction may include excessive tooth decay, overcrowding of the teeth, impacted teeth, or an infection of the tooth. Depending on the problem and what complications might bring forth, the dentist will choose the proper method of extraction. After the tooth is pulled, the patient will be given a sterilized gauze to bite down on, working to clot the wound. Bleeding can be from the gingiva and mucosa. The bleeding can be stopped by suturing the opening if necessary. Not all extractions call for stitches.

What to Look Out For Post Extraction

Took extractions are a common procedure. Complications are rare but can happen. The complications that might arise after a tooth extraction include infection. The dental professional can opt to prescribe antibiotics that treat the infection. The patient is also advised to maintain proper wound hygiene so that re-infection won't occur. Bleeding can be prolonged, the gums can swell, and bruising can occur. If you experience any of these, please contact our office.

Tooth extraction can be conducted when or if there is overcrowding of teeth in the mouth causing chewing and biting problems. Extractions offer proper alignment of the teeth, protect and remove infection and prevent gum disease. Visit our professional team at RJ Dental or call us at (551) 369-2001 to schedule an appointment.

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865 Teaneck Rd,
Teaneck, NJ 07666-4513
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