Does flossing seem like a waste of time? If you are a thorough tooth brusher, you may wonder if there is really anything that flossing can do that brushing cannot. After you spend several minutes ...View Article
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Though teeth were meant to be permanent, there are many reason why a tooth would need to be pulled. Teeth that a very badly damaged and cannot be repaired using another method will need to be pulled. Overcrowding which can occur from the eruption of wisdom teeth is another common reason for teeth extractions. Infected teeth may also have to be removed. This is usually done when a root canal is not successful. If periodontal disease has cause the tooth to become loose, it will also likely need to be extracted.
Depending on where the tooth is located, why it is being pulled, and the overall health of the tooth will determine what takes place during the extraction. In a simple removal of a tooth which is easily accessible, the gum area will be numbed and the tooth will be removed using special instruments created to grip the tooth. An incision into the gum may be required in order to perform the extraction when a tooth is impacted or broken and many patients will ask to be sedated for this procedure.
At Cohen’s Gentle Dental, we use advanced pain management methods designed to help ensure any discomfort patients feel will be minimal. After the procedure, patients can may want to use ice packs and medications to manage the discomfort and swelling.
The initial healing period traditionally takes approximately one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap. However, having a tooth (or teeth) missing and not filling the gap with an implant can cause the remaining teeth to move. This can affect a person’s bite and make it difficult to chew. For that reason, the dentist may recommend replacing the missing teeth with an implant, bridge, or denture.