Do You Need to Get Your Tooth Pulled?
There are some reasons why tooth extraction is needed in order to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. Some of the reasons for pulling out teeth are:
- When your tooth is badly damaged
- To avoid tooth decay
- Due to issues with infections and crowding
Dr. Jabbour may recommend a tooth extraction if the tooth can’t be saved in order to alleviate pain and to avoid the risk of infection – especially if your immune system is compromised.
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A severely infected or damaged tooth is very unlikely to get better on its own. The longer that you wait, and the worse the problem can get, and the more likely it is you will need to get your tooth pulled.
If identified and treated early enough, it is possible that the tooth can be saved with a procedure like a root canal.
Waiting too long to address the problem can result in many serious problems – including infection to surrounding teeth and even bone loss.
Tooth Extraction Process
As part of the process, Dr. Jabbour will need to know your health history prior to a tooth extraction. You’ll complete a form which will outline your medical history. Some examples of conditions that he will need to be made aware of include (but aren’t limited to):
- Congenital Heart Defect
- Thyroid Disease
- Damaged Heart Valves
- Liver Disease
- Renal Disease
- Artificial Joint
- Adrenal disease
After completing necessary paperwork, you’ll be taken to an exam room. Dr. Jabbour will conduct an exam and take one or more x-rays to identify the problem and to see if your tooth can be preserved. It is best to detect the issues early on so that you can expect better outcomes.
Even though the extraction is very safe, some harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream and risk infection. So be sure to inform Dr. Jabbour about any and all medications and treatments you’ve been taking.
Procedures can either be simple or surgical depending on the severity of the impacted tooth. Simple procedures are usually given local anaesthetic that lasts from 4-6 hours to prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. The tooth will be loosened next and will need to use forceps to remove it.
For surgical tooth extractions, different kinds of anaesthesia can be used depending on your medical condition. Some anaesthesia will keep you awake but there are others like the general anaesthesia wherein you will be unconscious during the entire procedure. This extraction is more complex as the dentist or oral surgeon will need to cut into your gums or remove the bone around your tooth before it can be extracted.
Post Extraction Care
A couple of days after the procedure, you should be able to go back to your usual activities though it will fully heal in 3-4 weeks. Some bleeding and swelling may occur so it is important to know the risks and how to take care of it.
Some risks that you may or may not experience are having a blood clot in the socket, bleeding more than 12 hours, fever and chills that signifies and infection, nausea or vomiting, cough, chest pain or shortness of breath and swelling or redness on the surgical site.
To be able to make sure that you avoid infections and have a swift recovery, please follow these tips:
- Limit talking, eating, and drinking for the next few hours after surgery
- Avoid rinsing or spitting in the next 24 hours after extraction to avoid blood clots in the socket
- Bite a piece of cotton for 45 minutes to control bleeding
- Use a cold compress for 10 minutes to reduce swelling
- Do not drink from a straw in the next 24 hours
- Take pain medication when needed
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Eat soft food and only eat solid food gradually when the extraction heals
- Brush your teeth gently
- Prop your head with pillows when lying down
- Rest for 24 hours and limit the activity on the next 2 days
Replacing Your Tooth
Once you are fully recovered, you may think about getting tooth replacements such as tooth implants or bridges.
A tooth implant is surgically placed on the missing tooth and it supports or holds the crown or bridge in position. The implant also preserves the bone around it so that it will prevent jaw decay, bone loss and for the bone to deteriorate as that is common when you don’t get implants after a year of getting your tooth extracted.
Besides dental implants, you can also look into dental bridges as they can also last for 5-15 years as long as you maintain a high level of good oral hygiene. Bridges are a lot less painful and do not require surgery. It will only take a few weeks to get them as well unlike implants where they may take a few months to get done.
No matter what procedure you’ll end up going through, you will be kept comfortable and pain-free. Dr. Jabbour definitely strives to keep his patients comfortable during all procedures and follows all COVID-19 guidelines.