Extractions

The removal of a tooth may be the only option to solve certain dental problems. This is often a last resort approach. Some of the dental cases that may require tooth extraction include painful wisdom teeth, broken teeth, or crooked teeth.

The process for the extraction may take the form of either a surgical or a non-surgical intervention, and this will depend on the condition of the teeth. For instance, a tooth that breaks in a hard-to-reach area of the mouth like inside the gum would require a surgical intervention. It would be necessary to cut into the gum to retrieve and repair the tooth. However, the removal of a whole tooth does not require surgery. The dentist will simply use forceps and dental elevator to do the job.

Nevertheless, both surgical and non-surgical approaches require some anesthesia to take care of the associated pain.

After-extraction recovery

It is usual to experience slight bleeding immediately after the extraction. This should not last more than one hour, because blood requires just this amount of time to clot within the gap the extracted tooth creates. After about a week, the wound within this gap would have healed. Within the following one to two months, you will notice the growth of tender gum tissues over this gap, which is the sign that the gums are almost ready for a permanent restructuring of the bone. The dentist usually does the bone restructuring after a minimum of six months from the date of the extraction.