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What Is Tooth Extraction?

While dentists focus on protecting and restoring the function and appearance of your teeth, some situations warrant the removal of your tooth or teeth. The process of removal of a said tooth from the jaw using surgical tools is termed tooth extraction.

While the procedure sounds scary and might induce anxiety in patients, it relatively is pain-free and quick. Tooth extractions are only recommended as a last-term effort to preserve your dental health.

Why Would I Need A Tooth Extraction?

Your dentist might recommend the removal of one or more teeth for the following reasons –

Usually, general dentists perform tooth extractions. Oral surgeons carry out complex extractions.

How To Prepare For A Tooth Extraction

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The first step before scheduling an extraction is a dental X-ray. Your dentist at Anoka Dental will perform a thorough oral examination and take X-rays of the tooth or teeth to be extracted to assess the situation. Additionally, a thorough medical history will be taken to look for risk factors. Patients suffering from diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, thyroid disorders, etc. need to get the green light from their general practitioners and should be stable enough to undergo an extraction.

Additionally, if you’re about to start a medication that contains bisphosphonate, tell your dentist. You can schedule your surgery before starting the medication otherwise you run the risk of osteonecrosis (bone death).

Your dentist might also prescribe a course of antibiotics before the extraction if –

Moreover, to ensure quality treatment, keep the following things in mind –

The Procedure Of A Tooth Extraction

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Tooth extractions are of 2 types –

Recovery After A Tooth Extraction

The recovery period depends on the type of extraction done. While it takes a couple of days to recover from a simple extraction, it might take longer if you had a surgical extraction. The key thing to remember is to follow the post-operative instructions strictly and carefully.

If you experience pain, fever, bleeding, or pus drainage from the site of infection that isn’t subsiding, schedule a visit to your dentist as soon as possible.

Risks Of A Tooth Extraction

While the benefits of a tooth extraction outweigh the cons, there is little room for risks. Complications usually arise when a patient fails to follow their dentist’s post-operative instructions to a T.

A dry socket is an immensely painful condition that might arise after an extraction. It happens when the blood clot that forms at the site of extraction dislodges. This leaves the underlying nerves and vessels exposed and is excruciatingly painful. This is difficult to manage at home and always requires professional intervention.

Other complications associated with extractions are –

Get in touch with your dentist at Anoka Dental ASAP if you experience any of these symptoms. Feel free to talk to your dentist if you’re confused about the progress of your recovery.

Alternatively, if you would like us to assess your teeth or if you’re inquisitive about the condition of your teeth, get in touch with us. Call (763)-421-4002 to schedule an appointment. Anoka Dental also prioritizes patient safety, especially during the pandemic, so don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!