Tooth extractions are sometimes needed in cosmetic dentistry to make room for other teeth to fill gaps in your smile. Tooth extraction is also something that may be needed when the tooth has died. Removal can often facilitate orthodontic treatment and future procedures or simply reduce pain from a severely infected tooth.
Although tooth extraction is known as an oral surgery, it’s a relatively simple procedure that can often be carried out by a general dentist.
Tooth extraction is beneficial because:
- It can be a more cost-effective option over other treatment
- It can prevent severe tooth decay or infection
- It can prevent supernumerary teeth or blocking teeth, which may cause further health complications
- It may be that a person with severe gum disease have a weaker gum structure and can no longer support the tooth.
A medical evaluation is always carried out before the tooth extraction is performed. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure, as extra teeth cause overcrowding in the mouth. Tooth extractions begin with an assessment followed administering a local anaesthetic to numb the affected gum area. For surgical extractions like wisdom tooth removal, the procedure is commonly carried out under sedation. The actual tooth extraction is performed using forceps. Larger teeth may require cutting into several pieces to completely remove them safely.
The recovery time for a tooth extraction is usually a few days, with ibuprofen and potentially some dissolvable stitches aiding recovery. The process of tooth extraction is quite risk-free and a great way to improve your oral health over time.