Are some of your teeth crowded? Maybe one or more of your wisdom teeth have become impacted. Tooth extractions are used in some cases to remove teeth that are overcrowded, infected, or decaying. Extraction helps remove the problem and improve oral health. Stewart Dental Group offers wisdom tooth extraction as well.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Teeth are extracted in cases where the teeth or gums have had a detrimental effect on oral health. Some common reasons for extraction include:
Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can easily impact the health of your gums and teeth. Patients with excessive damage due to the disease may need tooth extraction.
Extensive Tooth Decay: A simple tooth extraction may be the only option in advanced cases of tooth decay. If a tooth or teeth can not be saved using conservative measures, then the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent decay from spreading further and causing more tooth damage.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth: In most cases, impacted wisdom teeth will need to be extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth may cause tooth or gum infection, tooth pain, or severe tooth damage to neighboring teeth. Patients who are in their late teens or early 20’s are the most likely candidates for wisdom teeth removal.
Overcrowding: Overcrowding of the teeth can lead to complex bite disorders, crooked teeth, excessive wear on the enamel, and jaw pain. Overcrowding can also increase the risk of tooth decay as it can be hard to thoroughly clean between crooked and overcrowded teeth. Removing or realigning overcrowded teeth can help alleviate painful symptoms and improve your oral health.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Local anesthetic will be used to numb the area that is treated and will minimize tooth sensitivity. After the tooth or teeth are extracted, the open area will be rinsed, cleaned and then packed with gauze. Following extraction, our professionals may recommend dental bridges, affordable dental implants, or dentures and partial dentures to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Restorative options can help prevent further gum and tooth problems.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
How many days does it take for a tooth extraction to heal?
On average it takes approximately 1-2 weeks for the site of a tooth extraction to fully heal. After a few days patients should start to feel back to normal and ready to resume their daily schedule and work.
Can I drive myself home after a tooth extraction?
With most tooth extractions patients are safe to drive post procedure. In most cases patients are only numbed, so they are not impaired in any form for driving. If you had extensive work done, your dentist may require you to have someone drive you.
What are the warning signs of a Dry Socket?
Dry socket is when your blood clot gets dislodged before the extraction area has time to fully heal. You may have dry socket if you have noticeable discomfort or severe pain days after the tooth extraction treatment. It would be hard to chew without pain, and you may notice a bad smell and taste. Dry socket can heal on it’s own, so you should refrain from using the area and rinse with saltwater to keep it clean.
Request a Dental Exam Today
Do you need one or more teeth extracted? Call Stewart Dental Group today for a dental exam and tooth extraction consultation at 704-255-4256. You can also request a dental exam with us online anytime. Our professional team makes it their mission to provide the most high-quality care to patients in our Charlotte, NC office.