A tooth extraction is the removal of the entire tooth, including the root, from its socket in the jawbone. Dr. Roland Elazegui has performed several tooth extraction over the years, including some of the most complicated ones, with ease.
When will you require a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions are performed during different scenarios. Some of the most common causes leading to an extraction are as follows:
- A tooth that has been badly damaged due to cavities and no method of treatment can be used to restore it will have to be extracted. If not, the infection from the cavity could spread to the gums and other teeth as well.
- A tooth that has been cracked or broken due to external trauma can usually be restored using filling, bonding, a dental crown or a veneer. In the worst case scenario, it will have to be extracted.
- A tooth that has loosened off from its socket and can’t be stabilized.
- Milk teeth that refuse to fall off naturally will have to be extracted. Otherwise, the permanent teeth may emerge out of place.
- Impacted wisdom teeth is a condition where the last set of molars tend to get ‘stuck’ in the jawbone. It would be highly painful and is best to get the teeth removed.
- Getting orthodontic dental equipment such as braces or invisalign would require the removal of teeth to make space for the other teeth to move.
How is a tooth extraction performed?
A tooth extraction is a pretty simple procedure. An initial examination is carried out to determine the exact condition of the tooth and how best it can be removed. Local anaesthesia will be administered so that the region around the extraction site is numbed. The tooth will be firmly gripped using forceps and shaken to loosen it from the jawbone socket. It will then be extracted in one clean jerk, and the patient would feel no pain at all. Most patients who have had their teeth extracted say that they feel slight pressure when the tooth is being pulled off.
Sometimes, an extraction becomes complicated as the tooth would be in an awkward position to be removed. Dr. Elazegui is highly experienced and has dealt with many such situations. An incision would have to be made on the gums before the tooth is removed. If the patient feels nervous during the treatment, relaxants can be administered.
Post surgical care
The effect of the anaesthesia administered would take some time to wear off. Hence, it is advisable for the patient to bring along anyone to take them home. An antibiotic will be recommended to prevent the infection of the extraction site, and a pain relieving medication to counter the pain. Until the wound heals, one must not chew food on the side of the tooth extraction. Also, consuming spicy food, beverages and smoking cigarettes must be avoided. It is best to eat cold foods as it provides relief from the pain.