Extracting a painful tooth can help your wellbeing and smile today!

Extractions can range from having a single tooth removed for various reasons, to removing all four wisdom teeth.

Having wisdom teeth removed is a common procedure, as they often cause problems as they are trying to emerge from the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means that it is growing in sideways or at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause several issues from gum pain to the tooth coming in unevenly or even causing the tooth to only emerge partially. Impacted teeth and wisdom teeth alike can potentially cause problems like infections and need to be removed.

Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic can be used to numb the area where the tooth or teeth will be extracted, or the patient may prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they will be sedated during the procedure.

To remove a wisdom tooth, the gum tissue around it is first cut open to reveal it. Then the tooth is loosened by gripping it tightly and wiggling it back and forth until it can be lifted out of the gums. In some cases, the tooth will be broken up into pieces first before being removed. Depending on the incision and extraction site, sutures may be needed to close the area. Soluble sutures are the best option as they will dissolve on their own.

After the surgery, the patient needs to rest, and will need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia used. It can be expected for the extraction site to bled for a little while after the surgery, and gauze will be applied at its completion that will need to be changed when it becomes soaked. Should bleeding continue for longer than 24 hours, call your dentist. When you return home, rest but do not like flat as this could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medicine that can be taken as directed if you become sore. An ice pack can also be used for the pain as well. Sometimes the dentist will provide the patient with a cleaning solution for the extraction site as well that should be used to keep the area clean.

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