Extractions: an Unwanted Procedure That Cannot Be Ignored

Extractions: an Unwanted Procedure That Cannot Be Ignored

May 01, 2020

Tooth extraction is an unwanted procedure in life that cannot be ignored when it is necessary. Many teenagers and adults are undergoing wisdom tooth extraction in Brampton and even emergency tooth extraction when they have a severe fracture on the tooth. Other reasons also exist where a tooth extraction will become a requirement rather than an exception.

Problems like excessive tooth decay, crowding, and tooth infections may all require a tooth extraction. People undergoing orthodontic treatment may also need to have some teeth extracted to make space for their other teeth as they move into place. People undergoing chemotherapy or planning an organ transplant will need to have their compromised teeth extracted to keep their mouths healthy.

Tooth extractions are performed by a dentist or oral surgeon in a quick outpatient procedure administering local, general, or intravenous anesthesia. If visible teeth need to be extracted it will be a simple extraction but if the teeth are broken or below the surface of the gum line a surgical extraction will be needed which will be an invasive process.

Preparing for Tooth Extractions

The dentist will take an x-ray of your tooth before scheduling the procedure. You must provide information to the dentist about any medications you are having including vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications. Any relevant information about treatments for other medical conditions with intravenous drugs like a bisphosphonate must be brought to the attention of the dentist because the extraction you are scheduled must be completed before the treatment or your jaw could be at risk of bone death.

The dentist must also be provided information about any of the following conditions that you could be suffering from. Diabetes, a congenital heart effect, liver disease, renal disease, thyroid disease, hypertension, damaged heart valves, an impaired immune system, adrenal disease or a history of bacterial endocarditis. Your dentist will want to ensure the conditions are stable or treated before you undergo the extraction. Prescription antibiotics may be advised in the days leading to the procedure if you have an infection or an impaired immune system, your surgery is expected to be lengthy, or you have a specific medical condition.

It will be beneficial for you to keep the following in mind on the day of the procedure to ensure quality treatment.

If you have chosen intravenous anesthesia you should wear a short-sleeved shirt and loose-fitting clothing. Stop eating or drinking at least 6 to 8 hours before the procedure. Stay away from tobacco if you are a user and tell your dentist if you have a cold because the procedure may be rescheduled. If you suffered from nausea or vomiting the night before the procedure inform the dentist because different anesthesia may be used or the procedure rescheduled. Have someone with you to drive you back home if you are receiving general anesthesia.

The Procedure for Extracting a Tooth

The tooth extraction you are scheduled to undergo will either be simple or surgical depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted.

Simple Extraction

For a simple extraction on a visible tooth, you will be administered a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. You will feel some pressure but no pain during the procedure. The dentist will use an elevator which is an instrument to loosen the tooth before extracting it with forceps.

Surgical Extraction

If you are undergoing a molar tooth extraction that is impacted you will be administered both local and intravenous anesthesia to make you calm and relaxed. Depending on your medical conditions you may also receive general anesthesia. The dentist will cut open your gum with a small incision and remove some bone around the tooth or even split the tooth into pieces of the extraction.

Are There Any Risks Involved with Tooth Extractions?

Tooth extractions are simple especially when the dentists recommend it and therefore few risks are associated with the procedure. Perhaps the only risk you may encounter is that of a dry socket which may from if a blood clot does not form or dislodges from the hole from where the tooth was extracted. Dentists have a remedy for this problem as well because they will protect the area by dressing it up with a sedative for a few days until new clot forms again.

Tooth extractions are an unwanted procedure that could tempt you to ignore the dentists’ advice but if it is recommended the benefits of having the tooth extracted probably outweigh the risks of leaving it in place and therefore it must be considered as a requirement. If you still have question to be asked from a dentist, then visit our Brampton dental office at Bramwest Family Dental for a consultation.

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