Dental Extractions in Forest Hills
Having a tooth extracted can be necessary for both adults and children. Often when a child’s new teeth are coming in and the “baby teeth” have not yet fallen out underneath, they must be extracted. This can also be the case for many reasons during adulthood. The most common reasons being:
- Crowding of teeth.
- Infection, from tooth decay or other.
- Gum disease.
Before an extraction is performed, Dr. Normatov will inject a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area of the tooth. If more than one tooth needs to be extracted then a stronger, general anesthetic may be needed. If the tooth has become impacted, the surrounded gum and bone tissue may need to be cut away. Using forceps, the tooth is grasped and gently rocked back and forth in order to loosen it from the bone and ligaments. The tooth, when loose, is then extracted.
What are the indications that a tooth needs extracted?
- Heavily decayed or broken teeth where bacteria extended too deep into the pulp (nerve) causing infection and abscess. If infection is so severe that antibiotics or root canal treatment do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
- Extraction can be the only solution in advance gum disease
A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists extract teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontics and create the needed space to realign teeth.
Wisdom teeth sometimes has no space in the jaw to erupt and with repeated infection, tooth extraction can be the only option.
Extra teeth or baby teeth that do not fall and prevent the eruption of permanent teeth
Risk of infection. If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant) even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason to remove the tooth.
The patient may experience severe tooth ache.
There may be swelling or tenderness around the tooth.
Following dental extractions, there is likely to be some discomfort, but this should subside within 24 hours and should respond well to painkillers. If persistent pain is occurring after this period, then there is a chance that you may have developed a post extraction infection. This is much more likely if you are a smoker.
It is important to arrange an appointment to see a dentist, as left untreated these can become quite painful. Treatment normally consists of stopping smoking, irrigation of the extraction site, placement of an antiseptic dressing and use of antibiotics.Swelling after an extraction is entirely normal, and is the body’s natural response. It should normally start to settle down within three days, but if it persists after this, then it is best to arrange an appointment.