The main goal of general dentistry is to maintain the health of your teeth, but as an adult, sometimes teeth need to be extracted. Extractions or tooth removal can occur when a tooth is badly damaged. If you suffered mouth trauma or an accident of some kind, your tooth may not be able to be repaired with cosmetic dentistry, so removal may be the best option. Here are some of the other reasons that you may need to have a tooth extracted:
- Your tooth has excessive decay and a cavity that cannot be filled.
- Your teeth may be too big for your mouth, which means that if a tooth is not removed, they could become crooked in your mouth.
- A baby tooth is blocking a permanent tooth from breaking through the gums.
- You have an infection in your mouth that is not clearing up because of a decayed tooth.
- Your immune system is compromised by an illness or a treatment, and a decaying tooth puts you at risk for infection.\
Once the tooth has been removed, you will likely receive painkillers to reduce the pain. The dentists at our Las Vegas, NV office will give you a few instructions to follow before leaving the office to make sure that you have a quick recovery. Here are a few of the instructions:
- Avoid rinsing and spitting for 24 hours. After the 24 hour period, rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution.
- Do not drink from a straw or smoke for 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods so that you do not irritate the site of the extraction for a day or so.
- Avoid the extraction site while you are brushing your teeth until it heals more so that it does not become infected.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
One of the most common types of tooth extraction that is done at Nevada Dentistry and Braces in Las Vegas, NV is wisdom teeth extractions. The procedure may remove one wisdom tooth, or it may require all four to be removed. The main reason that your dentist in Las Vegas would want to remove these teeth is because your mouth is not big enough for your wisdom teeth.
For some, wisdom teeth never show themselves. For those that do get wisdom teeth, they may not ever cause an issue, but for others, an extraction is needed to prevent infection and damage from occurring to the other teeth in your mouth. The most common reason that an extraction is needed is that the wisdom tooth becomes impacted, and it cannot make its way through your gums. This can cause a lot of issues in your mouth, such as:
- Your wisdom teeth grow in your gums at an angle that affects your molars.
- Your wisdom teeth grow at an angle towards the back of your mouth.
- They start to grow, but they never grow out of the jawbone.
If any of these situations occur, it is likely that food will become trapped, which will result in pain and infections in the future. The gums and the bone around the wisdom tooth could become damaged. Most wisdom teeth extractions are not complicated procedures, so you will be able to go home the same day.
You will be given anesthesia during the extraction process to help minimize your discomfort. You can receive either local anesthesia, which is injected into the area near where the extraction will take place. You will be awake during the extraction; you will feel the tooth being pulled but no pain will be felt. Sedation anesthesia can be administered through an IV, and general anesthesia can be given is special circumstances.
Surgical and Non-Surgical Tooth Extractions
There are two type of teeth extractions that you should be aware of in case you need to have a tooth extracted in the Las Vegas area. The first is a simple, non-surgical extraction that can be completed by a general dentist, while the second is a more complicated surgical option. Let’s take a look at each type of extraction.
- Non-surgical extractions are often done on teeth that are in the front of your mouth that can easily be seen. Your dentist in Las Vegas will use an elevator to loosen the tooth in the socket, and then a pair of forceps will be used to pull the tooth. This simple process is an in and out procedure that does not take a lot of time. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. Feeling pressure when the tooth is pulled is normal, but no pain should be felt.
- Surgical extractions are required when the tooth is broken or becomes broken during the extraction process. Instead of a general dentist, an oral surgeon is often used if the tooth is broken before the procedure begins. If the tooth breaks during extraction your general dentist will most likely finish the procedure. The dentist will make a small cut in your gums so that the tooth can easily be removed from the socket. If the tooth is still tight in your gums, it may need to be cut in half. Both local anesthetic and sedation anesthetic can be used for a surgical extraction. General anesthesia is used for younger children as well as those with medical issues during a surgical extraction so that their vitals can be monitored.