If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, an oral surgeon in Dubai will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired.
In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can’t be saved, even with bone replacement surgery or bone graft.
Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon in Dubai and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with either local, general, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination.
Removing visible teeth is a simple extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.
Benefits Of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction can prevent the spread of tooth decay and infection. You don’t want your entire smile to suffer, do you? The best way to keep the problem from spreading is to eliminate the problem entirely.
This procedure can also help with overcrowding issues. Overcrowding tends to cause tooth misalignments in the smile and even dental issues. The dental issues form because when the teeth overlap, they are tough to clean. This encourages the development of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Tooth extraction can relieve your pain and help you have a more functional smile. Once the decay and infection are gone, you will be able to talk and eat normally once again!
Your dentist or oral surgeon will take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. Be sure to provide your full medical and dental history and a list of all the medicines you take. This should include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.
There are two types of extractions:
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. The doctor makes a small incision (cut) into your gums. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.
Though aftercare may differ based on the type of extraction and location of your teeth, you can usually expect to heal in a matter of 7 to 10 days.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your dentist right away. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.
Avoid hot food or drinks until the anesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also, be careful not to chew your cheek. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.
If you do rest, try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible. It is also a good idea to use an old pillowcase, or put a towel on the pillow, in case you bleed a little.
For more information, schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons in Dubai.