If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, the dentist tries to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery.
TOOTH REMOVAL PROCEDURES-
SIMPLE EXTRACTION- This procedure is on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. For a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth.
SURGICAL EXTRACTION- This is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision into the gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.
REASONS FOR TOOTH EXTRACTION-
Some people have an extra tooth that blocks other teeth to come in.
People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create space for the teeth that are being moved into place.
People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
Having a tooth taken out is surgery. You can expect some pain after even simple extractions. Usually it is mild but research has shown that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can greatly decrease pain after a tooth extraction. These drugs include ibuprofen, such as Advil, Motrin and others. Taking the dose according to the recommendation of doctor, 3 to 4 times a day.
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