Tooth extraction is necessary when a tooth is impacted, injured, or decayed beyond repair. When you make an appointment with our dentist to discuss a tooth extraction, the dentist will perform an examination and take X-rays of your mouth to plan for your procedure. Once the dentist has diagnosed your tooth’s condition, they will go over your treatment options with you.
Why would I need an extraction?
If a tooth is badly damaged and causing you pain, you may need a tooth extraction. You may also need an extraction if a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a crown or other dental restorations. Other reasons for extraction include impacted teeth or teeth that need to be removed during orthodontic treatment.
What happens during the procedure?
First, the dentist in Albuquerque NM will numb the tooth area with a local anesthetic. Then, she will use a dental tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth from its socket in the jawbone. After the tooth is completely loose, the dentist will remove it using forceps. Dental gauze will be placed over the wound to facilitate the formation of a clot.
How long will the extraction take?
The length of a tooth extraction procedure depends on the type of tooth that needs to be removed. Dental extractions can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. However, most extractions take under an hour.
If a baby tooth needs to be extracted, the procedure will be a lot quicker than if an adult tooth needs to be extracted. Tooth extractions are a common procedure for dentists and oral surgeons. If you have a tooth that is badly decayed or infected, extraction may be the best treatment option.
If a tooth is severely damaged, there’s a chance the pulp could be affected. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue and can become infected if a tooth is damaged. The tooth may require extraction if it cannot be repaired or restored.
What are my tooth replacement options?
Dental implants and dental bridges are the best options to replace extracted teeth.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants consist of a titanium post and an artificial tooth. The post is surgically placed in the jaw, and the bone fuses to the post. The artificial tooth is then attached to the top of the post. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
Dental bridges are another permanent tooth replacement option. They replace missing teeth by filling in the gaps. The artificial teeth are held in place by crowns on either side.
What happens after an extraction?
Most patients don’t experience any complications after an extraction, but there are a few minor problems to watch out for. Immediately after the procedure, your teeth will be sensitive. Taking ibuprofen or aspirin should help with the pain. It is best not to chew or bite down on anything hard because you could damage the extraction area.
Aftercare instructions to follow include:
- Avoid rinsing, spitting, and drinking through a straw for 24 hours. This allows the surgical site to heal
- Avoid hot beverages and foods
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drugs
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentists, Dr. Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.