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Tooth Extractions

General Procedure

When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted. If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, extraction may be needed to prevent infection.

Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.

Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical/and or injectable anesthetic such as Novocaine.

Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur.

Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce  swelling and promote faster healing.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, toothaches, and other problems.

If wisdom teeth are causing a problem, this could mean that they are impacted, and advanced dentistry is needed. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. Symptoms are easy to spot: severe discomfort, inflammation, and some kinds of infections.

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. This is usually done by a dentist or oral surgeon. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one's ability to properly bite down, speak, or eat.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth:

  • Facial swelling

  • Infection

  • Jaw Pain

  • Gum swelling

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