Sometimes, whether due to infection or overcrowding, a tooth needs to be removed for your mouth’s overall health. Tooth removal has come a long way in recent years and is no longer the nerve-wracking process of decades past. If you need to have a tooth removed, here are some things to know.
Types of Tooth Extractions
- Simple tooth extractions occur when the tooth has already emerged past the gums. In a simple tooth removal, you’re given anesthesia and your dentist will remove the tooth using tools called an elevator and forceps.
- Surgical tooth extractions are a little more involved. These occur either for teeth that have not yet crested past the gums or for wisdom teeth, which have deep roots. During a surgical tooth extraction, your dentist will need to make incisions in your gums in order to reach the tooth. Sometimes the tooth may need to be cut into several pieces in order to be removed more easily.
Things to Know
Depending on the anesthesia you and your dentist opt for, you may not be able to drive yourself home after your procedure. Be sure to bring a chaperone with you. It’s also a good idea to avoid eating for eight hours before receiving anesthesia.
After your tooth removal, you’ll need to give the area time to heal. During this time, avoid any activity that might disturb the clotting such as drinking through straws, eating rough foods, brushing the area too harshly, or anything else that might affect the area’s ability to heal.
Should you experience any complications during the healing process, call our office to see one of our dentists as soon as possible.
If you’d like to talk to your dentist about tooth removal or have any questions for our staff, give our North Houston office a call today!