Teeth often need to be removed when they’re so damaged or decayed that they can’t be saved with other dental treatments. Some people have extra teeth that need to come out to ensure the rest of their teeth stay properly aligned. A baby tooth that doesn’t fall out in time to let the permanent tooth grow in may need to be extracted.
Impacted teeth are another common reason for extraction. Teeth become impacted when they get stuck in the bone or gum tissue, often because teeth are overcrowded or a tooth tilts sideways rather than growing straight up. When impacted teeth are painful or pushing against other teeth in your mouth, it’s time to have them removed.
If there’s an infection, Dr. Brayman may want to treat it before extracting the tooth. She’ll also ask about your medical history to be sure you don’t have a medical condition or take medications that will affect dental treatment. After a complete examination and X-rays, the doctor will explain the problem and why the tooth should be removed.
Some extractions are simple, which means the tooth is above the gum and only needs to be loosened, then pulled out. But with an impacted tooth or a tooth that’s broken off at the gum line, dental surgery is required. For both types, Dr. Brayman will discuss options for anesthesia and make sure you understand what to expect during the extraction.
Dr. Brayman and her staff are dedicated to making all procedures, including extractions, comfortable and pain free. You may be nervous, but with advanced dental procedures, you don’t need to worry about discomfort during an extraction.
The amount of time to recuperate depends on the number of teeth extracted and how difficult they were to remove. For a simple extraction of one tooth, you may need to limit strenuous activity for a short time to be sure you don’t disrupt the healing process, but otherwise you shouldn’t need downtime.
If the extracted teeth were impacted deep in the bone, you many experience some pain and swelling after the procedure. The pain can be treated, but you may need a few days of recovery to let healing take place. Dr. Brayman will tell you how to care for your mouth in the days after the extraction and let you know if you need to limit your activities or what you eat and drink.
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