Tooth extractions are performed as outpatient procedures by a dentist. This procedure may be necessary to protect a patient's dental health. Some reasons that a tooth extraction may be required include:
* A tooth extraction for braces: If a patient requires braces and retainers, they may need to be prepared by having one or more teeth extracted.
* Extracting teeth for space reasons: Many times, wisdom teeth must be extracted when there is insufficient space for them in the mouth, or if they have become infected or impacted.
* Extracting damaged or decayed teeth: It may be necessary to extract a tooth when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed and cannot be repaired using a dental crown or filling.
* Extraction for chemotherapy or radiation patients: Some cancer patients require the administration of chemotherapy or radiation to the head and neck area. This can cause an infection of the teeth, requiring eventual extraction.
If you need to have an extraction performed, your dentist will numb the area using an anesthetic. Then, they will clean the area, gently expose the tooth with careful use of instruments, remove the tooth and cover the site to prevent any future infection. In the case of an extraction involving an impacted tooth, such a tooth may be broken before removal to assist in the extraction process.
For a variety of reasons, patients may need their wisdom teeth to be removed. They often erupt at a difficult angle that causes problems with existing adult teeth. Sometimes patients opt to have them extracted before any problems have a chance to arise.
Wisdom teeth with sideways growth
Jaw pain or increase tooth decay
Formation of cysts under the gums
It is often advised that teens be evaluated for the removal of their wisdom teeth. When you have your wisdom teeth extracted at a younger age, it tends to result in better outcomes.
Since there is always a level of risk with any type of surgery, be sure that you share any concerns that you may have involving the removal of wisdom teeth. If you elect to not have them extracted, they must be closely monitored, since they have a tendency to become more problematic as time passes.
If you should undergo either type of procedure, take care to follow our detailed instructions carefully so that you will heal properly and quickly. Stick to eating soft foods and liquids until your anesthesia wears off, and for a few days after that.
Care for your teeth, and avoid brushing right after your extraction in the area of surgery. You can brush your teeth as normal. A couple of days later, resume your proper oral care routine at home.
Are you concerned that one or more of your teeth may require extraction? Are your wisdom teeth developing, and you are wondering how to proceed? If so, please contact Aesthetic Dental Center of Hackensack so that we can make an appointment and examine your teeth. We can handle any type of extraction, whether it be simple, surgical, or involve the removal of the wisdom teeth.
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