Tooth Extraction / Wisdom Tooth extraction

Tooth Extraction / Wisdom Tooth extraction

What is a tooth extraction?

Extraction is the removal of one or more teeth by the dentist. In modern dentistry, tooth extraction is used as a last resort since it is no longer possible to preserve the tooth.

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Before extracting the tooth, the dentist examines the patient’s medical history and makes x-rays if necessary.

If he decides that extraction is necessary, local anesthesia of the surrounding area is performed, making the procedure completely painless for the patient.

The dentist then uses a special tool to loosen the connection of the tooth from the periodontal tissues. Once the ligaments are loose, the dentist removes the tooth.

Finally, after the tooth is removed, the dentist completes the procedure by cleaning the now empty area of ​​the alveolus from any remnants of infected and inflamed tissues.

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Is tooth extraction difficult?

The difficulty of extraction depends on the position of the tooth and the severity of its damage. In general, however, with the use of modern dental techniques and equipment, the extraction of teeth is for the most part easy. In cases where the dentist deems that the extraction of a tooth is more complicated, the patient is referred to a specialist orthodontist.

In which cases is tooth extraction recommended?

In most cases where a tooth is damaged by caries or an injury, the dentist will try to restore it with a filling or denervation and an all-ceramic case. In modern dentistry, tooth extraction is the last resort, and only when there is no possibility that the tooth can be maintained with endodontic treatment.

However, there are cases where export is considered necessary. Some of the reasons that can lead to the extraction of a tooth are:

  • Patients who follow an orthodontic procedure and need tooth extraction to continue their treatment.
  • New teeth that are slow to fall out and prevent the emergence of permanent teeth.
  • Enclosed wisdom teeth need extraction when they do not have the right direction of emergence, when they have been affected by caries, and when the gums around them are swollen and sore due to pericarditis.
  • Fracture of the tooth to such an extent that justifies its extraction.
  • Extensive endodontic damage
  • Extensive damage to periodontal tissues
  • Trauma to the facial area
  • Patients following prosthetic tooth restoration plan

After tooth extraction

The extraction of a tooth is a procedure. Therefore, a slight discomfort after the procedure is expected. To reduce this discomfort, some painkillers-anti-inflammatory drugs are administered, while after the extraction they are continued for an additional 2-3 days. Immediately after extraction, it is recommended to apply an ice pack outside the mouth to reduce the appearance of swelling outside it.

In addition, after extraction, it is recommended to avoid any movement that may result in mild bleeding and the consumption of very hot drinks. Instead, it is recommended to consume cold drinks and soft food.

In most cases, the patient can return to his eating habits in the following days, if not exactly the day after the extraction.

Brushing the teeth around the extraction area can start after about 4 days, while you can rinse with mouthwash containing the substance chlorhexidine from the 2nd day onwards.

The above are presented as general instructions after tooth extraction. In any case, the patient should follow the exact instructions of Dr. Mavrogenis

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