Extraction is the term that we here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS and Associates use when we need to describe removing a tooth. Extractions are common, and there are many different reasons why we might decide to extract a tooth. Know that if we recommend an extraction, it is so that your whole mouth will be healthier overall.
What You Need to Know About Extractions
People will sometimes refer to extractions as pulling a tooth, but that is not an accurate description. There is much more to extractions than that.
One of the most common reasons for extractions that you will hear about is the extraction of wisdom teeth. These are four molars that will come in usually in the late teens or early 20s. Contrary to popular belief, we do not always extract wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are not coming in properly, they will need to be extracted. If they are crowding the rest of your teeth and throwing off your alignment, we will extract them because of that as well. If your wisdom teeth are straight and are not causing problems to your other teeth, we very well might not recommend that they be extracted.
We will sometimes extract a tooth that is badly damaged by tooth decay. If that is the case, we might recommend a dental implant or another type of replacement tooth such as a bridge. If a tooth is badly cracked or broken, we might extract that as well.
A simple extraction is one where we can remove the tooth straight out. It will be removed in one piece. The tooth will be loosened, and then removed.
The other type of extraction is known as either a complex extraction or surgical extraction. With this, we will section the tooth, which means that we will break it into pieces. We will then remove all of the pieces.
If you have an extraction, we will recommend an over the counter pain reliever, or we might write you a prescription. Have someone drive you home. An ice pack can help to numb the pain, and it will keep the swelling down.
For the first day after the extraction, you should make a salt water rinse. Mix a half teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm (not hot) water. Swish that in your mouth, making sure that you hit the socket where the tooth was. Then slowly spit out the solution, do not spit with force.
You will want to stick to soft foods while your mouth heals. You should not smoke during the first 24 hours, and you should not use a straw.
If you have questions before or after an extraction, do not hesitate to contact us here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS and Associates. Also, if you have just had an extraction and you experience something unusual, call us right away. Our number is (336) 331-5271. It will take a few days for your mouth to heal, and then you will be able to put the whole thing behind you. An extraction can help you to have a healthier mouth.