Oral diseases pose a significant health burden and affect people throughout their lifespan, causing discomfort, pain, and disfigurement. Nearly 3.5 billion people worldwide suffer from oral diseases. Tooth extraction is done when the tooth is damaged to the extent that no dental treatment can fix it, like excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding. It is a quick outpatient procedure that is performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon.
About the Treatment
1. What is the procedure?
Firstly, the doctor takes an x-ray before extracting the affected tooth. The doctor asks the patient to withhold from smoking a day before the procedure. The dentist gives the patient anesthesia(local) on the day of the appointment to numb the affected tooth and its surrounding area.
There are two types of tooth extraction procedures, depending on the condition of the tooth:
Simple extraction - After the tooth and the surrounding area becomes numb, the dentist uses an elevator(a dental instrument) to detach...
Recovery Data In the case of tooth extraction, the recovery process is usually very brief. The patient should relax for about 48-72 hours after the treatment. Relaxing helps in allowing the clotting of the treatment area. After this, the patient can resume doing all the usual physical activities. The soft tissue will take about 3-4 weeks to heal. 2. Aftercare There are a few things you can try to speed up healing time: Take the prescribed painkillers on time. At least about three to four hours after the procedure is completed, let the initial gauze pad stay at its place. Immediately apply an ice bag to the affected area but not for too long as it can result in tissue damage. After the operation, take a rest for at least 24 hours and limit strenuous activities for the next few days. Don’t spit, rinse, or use a straw for at least a day after the procedure to avoid dislodging the blood clot. Rinse your mouth with a salt solution after 24 hours. Completely avoid smoking. Lying flat can extend your healing time, so when sleeping, prop your head up with pillows. To prevent infection, continue flossing and brushing your teeth and make sure to avoid the extraction site.
You are the right candidate for a tooth extraction if you are suffering from the following:
If you have unhealthy teeth because of tooth decay, gum disease, and root canal infection.
There is significant pain because of overcrowding of the teeth, which has misaligned the jaw.
When the wisdom teeth remain inside the gum and thus causes swelling, inflammation, infection, etc.
The common risks involved in tooth extraction treatment are as follows:
Pain: Sometimes, patients might experience mild discomfort or pain. Severe pain can be experienced in the case of an infection, which is another complication of tooth extraction.
Swelling: Swelling usually starts to reduce after a couple of days, but if it doesn't, you should contact your oral surgeon.
Incomplete extraction: This can happen if the patient has complicated tooth anatomy or he/she is experiencing intolerable pain due to anesthesia's failure during the time of extraction.
To aid in quicker healing, you will have to follow all the at-home care instructions given by your dentist. Thus, you will be able to get back to your normal physical really soon.
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