A tooth extraction is the complete removal of teeth out of the central dental aponeurosis in the tooth. Extractions are usually performed for various reasons, but most often to remove teeth that have grown inward or have been infected. The root of the tooth is actually damaged during the chewing process, which results in teeth rubbing together and also pushing the jaw forward. This can cause pain and discomfort for the patient, so most dentists perform a tooth extraction when they believe that it is absolutely necessary. However, it is important to note that tooth extractions should not be the first course of action; if your dentist has reason to believe that your tooth or teeth are seriously infected then he will probably prescribe antibiotics and/or anesthetic drops to numb the area. Fairview Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction can be performed on an outpatient basis in a dentist’s office or in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. If you have an anesthetic on an outpatient basis, it will take approximately one hour from the time you have been advised by your dentist to expect arrival at the extraction site. Generally, you can drive yourself home after the procedure, although a sedative may be placed in your pillows to help you sleep. Typically, someone will accompany you to the extraction site, and if you are very anxious or panicky, you may want someone else to drive you there and help calm you down. It is also extremely important that you follow your doctor’s advice regarding food intake and liquids following your tooth extraction, as you will most likely need to keep certain types of soft foods out of your diet for several days.
Tooth extraction does not always mean that your tooth socket has been harmed. In fact, sometimes very small damages can cause further problems that are much worse than the initial toothache or loss of tooth. If you feel pain or swelling around your tooth socket, however, it is recommended that you contact your dentist right away. A root canal, or surgical removal of a tooth, is another option. Your dentist will assess the extent of the damage and whether you will need one of these procedures to solve the problem or whether a simple cleaning procedure would do the trick.