Does the tooth need to be pulled?
Teeth are usually pulled because of disease, trauma, or crowding. Some diseases usually require extraction. These include a gum infection, the bite on the tooth, muscular spasms, and an infection of the facial nerves, otherwise known as Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Wisdom tooth extraction becomes necessary if crowding of other teeth occurs because of wisdom tooth growth. Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, but those that are impacting other teeth, not coming through on their own, coming through at a funny angle, or are difficult to clean and maintain need to be extracted, according to your dentist’s discretion.
The best way to determine the extent of the extraction is to see a dentist or an oral surgeon.
If your tooth needs to be pulled, your dentist will numb the area, usually with a small shot, to decrease the amount of discomfort and pain during the extraction.
In most cases, bleeding is normal as your mouth recovers and new bone grows in place of the tooth’s root.
As you begin the recovery process, you should avoid anything that might interfere with normal healing.
If you feel the need to rinse your mouth, do so very gently. If swelling occurs, place a cold cloth or ice pack and call your dentist immediately. You can brush and floss during the recovery stage, but do not brush or floss the tooth next to the extraction site.
Tooth extraction benefits the patient by creating a healthier smile and leaving room for teeth to grow rather than crowd.