At Purity Dental, we try our hardest to conserve your natural teeth but sometimes, extraction of your tooth may be the only option in your best interest available. This is usually to prevent infection or disease from spreading or in the untreatable case of a deeply injured tooth. However, once your extraction is complete, you need to have the right after-care in place in order to ensure your jaw bone is preserved and doesn’t deteriorate. Our dental professionals will walk you through this entire process in detail.
A tooth extraction MAY be recommended in the following instances:
In the case of a tooth extraction, the first step would be to give you a local anaesthetic to numb the area and minimize your discomfort. A special tool will then be used to loosen your tooth. Once loosened, the tooth will be extracted using forceps. For more complicated cases, a stronger general anaesthetic will be used.
After your tooth is removed, our dentist will have to make sure your gum socket is thoroughly cleaned. “Socket preservation”, which is described in further detail below, will be carried out and in the instance a cut in the gum is needed during the extraction, a stitch will be necessary to close up the cut.
While this varies from individual to individual, the wound usually takes roughly one to two weeks to heal. In general, we recommend staying away from hard or spicy foods that require a lot of chewing. In the 24 hours following your appointment, you should avoid any exerting physical sports, smoking or drinking. If needed, our dentist will also prescribe or recommend suitable pain relief medication.
If you experience fever, continuous severe pain or excessive bleeding, schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible.
After a tooth extraction, the jaw bone changes as it heals. It is common to see approximately 30-50% of the jaw bone height and width shrink within the first 3-6 months. The bone loss can result in structural change to the face and soft tissues. This may affect your restorative dental procedures in the future, as dentures, bridges and implants require good jaw bone support in order to be successful in the long run.
One way we can help slow down and minimize this change is to do a “socket preservation” procedure at the time of extraction. The body then heals over time naturally and the jaw bone is preserved for future tooth replacement options.
One common method used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction is to fill the socket with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane or tissue in order to stimulate your body’s natural healing ability and repair the socket. This method eliminates the possibility of bone shrinkage or surrounding gum tissue collapsing in. The bone in the socket will also act as a secure foundation for any further dental restorations you may consider (for example, dental implants).
At Purity Dental, we are committed to giving you the best dental care available at all times in a stress-free environment. For any doubts and queries, don’t hesitate to contact our dental staff!