When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction or having teeth “pulled” is among patients most dreaded procedures. A tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone.
Before our dentist considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair or restore your tooth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary if teeth have become damaged or decayed.
Reasons I May Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are several reasons for extracting a tooth. These include:
- Severe Tooth Damage
- Non-functioning Teeth
- Extra Teeth
- Orthodontic Treatment
What Type of Tooth Extraction Do I Need?
There are two types of tooth extractions:
- Simple Extractions: These are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions, and most are usually done under a local anaesthetic or sedation.
- Surgical Extractions: These involve teeth that cannot easily be seen or reached in the mouth, either because they have broken off at the gum line or they have not fully erupted. Performed by dentists or oral surgeons, surgical extractions require some type of surgical procedure, such as bone removal, removing and/or lifting and folding back all or part of the gum tissue to expose the tooth, or breaking the tooth into pieces (called tooth sectioning). Surgical extractions can be done with local anaesthesia and/or conscious sedation or general anaesthesia.
Your dentist may need to place stitches and/or add bone (natural or synthetic) in the extraction site after the procedure. Some stitches are absorbable and will disintegrate on their own; others require removal by your dentist, usually about a week after the extraction.
Healing Time for Tooth Extractions
Healing from a tooth extraction takes about five to seven days. The gum area should be fully healed in three to four weeks.