Here at Phi Dental Care, we provide oral surgery procedures that can significantly improve your health.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are several reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. Some of the reasons for tooth extraction include pulling teeth to save space. Wisdom teeth are often removed if there is no space in the mouth or if they become impacted or infected. Tooth extraction is also necessary when the tooth has become too damaged or decayed to be repaired with a filling or crown. This is often common in patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy to the head or neck, which causes damage and infection to the teeth.
What is a Simple Extraction?
Simple tooth extractions involve the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. This could mean removing a badly damaged or decayed tooth or removing teeth before getting braces to make space in the mouth. When you undergo a simple tooth extraction, you will receive local anesthesia to minimize pain or discomfort. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication is sufficient for pain management after the procedure.
What is a Surgical Extraction?
Surgical teeth extractions are an oral surgeon’s operation involving the removal of teeth that are not visible in the mouth either because they have not come in or because the tooth has broken off. Individuals with special medical conditions may receive general anesthesia when pulling teeth involving surgery. You may also receive prescription pain medication immediately after surgical teeth-pulling procedures.
How do you Heal & Recover after a Tooth Extraction?
After any type of tooth extraction, be sure to follow our instructions carefully to avoid infection and support proper healing. Eat soft foods for the first few days after the extraction and stick to liquids until any anesthesia has worn off. Avoid brushing the teeth immediately next to the tooth extraction area on the first day after the procedure, but do brush the rest of your teeth. Two days after a tooth extraction, get back to a good oral care routine. Although some discomfort and bleeding are expected, please call us if you have any prolonged bleeding or swelling, as these could be signs of infection. Our office is happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.