Tooth extractions can seem incredibly intimidating and can cause stress for some patients because they are afraid that it will hurt. Tooth extractions are actually fairly quick and painless, especially now as technology advances. Tooth extractions are normally easily avoidable by practicing good oral hygiene or coming to our dentist here at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, TX. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is needed if you have impacted teeth or suffer from overcrowding. But what are some other reasons that you might need a tooth extraction?
Tooth decay is the main culprit when it comes to tooth extractions. This is why we stress the importance of going to the dentist twice a year. Tooth decay starts by deteriorating the enamel of the tooth and then works its way deeper until a cavity is formed. Once bacteria enter the center of the tooth it causes an infection in the root. The longer tooth decay goes without treatment, the lower the chances are of saving the tooth leaving extraction as the only option.
Another reason for tooth extraction is gum disease. Thus is just as damaging as tooth decay. When plaque builds upon the surface of a tooth it eventually spreads below the gum line where a toothbrush cannot reach. The plaque buildup under the gums will start to become inflamed, infected, and start to spread deeper. As gum disease continues to go untreated, the gums will get more swollen creating a space between the tooth and gum line. This area of space promotes further plaque buildup and the bacteria will eventually reach the tooth’s supporting structures, destroying the ligaments and bone. This deterioration will cause the tooth to become loose where it will either fall out on its own or need to be extracted.
Overcrowded & Impacted Teeth
Overcrowded teeth, commonly found in children, can be a reason to have teeth extracted. Overcrowding happens when your mouth is not large enough to accommodate all of the teeth that are growing in. Which can be a reason to get a tooth extracted. Extracting teeth will create more space in the mouth for the rest of the teeth to move and align properly. Impacted teeth happen when a tooth partially grows in or doesn’t grow in at all. There are several reasons why a tooth may become impacted including overcrowding or teeth that just grow incorrectly. Wisdom teeth often get impacted because the jaw is not able to accommodate them. Impacted teeth are usually discovered through x-rays and need to be extracted to prevent damage to the jawbone and adjacent teeth.
So, how long does it take to get a tooth pulled and what can you expect? Here at Cox Family Dentistry, we can generally take 20-40 minutes depending on the complexity and the number of teeth being extracted. Before we begin, we will administer an anesthetic to help alleviate any discomfort. The tooth or teeth will then be pulled and the area where the tooth was will be cleaned and stitched up if needed.
How long does it take to heal from getting your teeth pulled?
On average it takes somewhere between 7 and 10 days to heal from getting a tooth pulled. As the extraction site is healing, you will want to eat soft foods like applesauce, soup, and yogurt so that the healing is not disturbed. Depending on your procedure, we might give you a more in-depth plan to ensure proper healing.
If you feel like you need to have a tooth extraction, the best way to find out is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox to come in and get x-rays. We will then create a treatment plan to best suit your needs. We look forward to seeing you! Schedule your appointment today.