Why would a dentist need to extract your tooth?
There are a few occasions when a dentist needs to pull your teeth, the main concern is that the tooth is beyond repair and none of it can be salvaged.
Here are a few common reasons for dental extraction:
- Deep and severe tooth decay
- Impacted molars
- Loosened tooth due to periodontal disease
- Teeth overcrowding
- Broken teeth
Let’s look at these issues a little more closely and see why they might require a full extraction.
Deep and severe tooth decay
There are instances when the gums do not erupt. This prevents the tooth from coming out. It usually happens to molars or wisdom teeth.
Tooth Extraction Process
tooth extraction: aftercare
- Place an ice pack on the side of your face near the area
- An icepack will help reduce local swelling, you should hold the icepack against your face for up to 15 minutes at a time, or as long as you feel comfortable
- Bite down on a piece of gauze
- The dentist may give you gauze to bite down on if there is any bleeding. If this is the case, change the gauze every 30 minutes or so if you are able.
- Have ample rest
- Do not participate in any intense physical activity as this may cause an unnecessary risk of damaging the area the tooth was pulled from.
- Avoid eating crunchy, hard, or sticky food.
Don’t eat this type of food after tooth extraction as it may irritate the area.
- Don’t use a straw for drinking
Avoid drinking through a straw for the time being as it means you have to suck which may loosen blood clots.
- Rinse mouth with saltwater solution after a wisdom tooth extraction
- Salt has antibacterial properties which can speed up the healing process and stave off infection.