Removing or extracting a tooth, which is more commonly called “pulling” a tooth, is usually the last course of action to take in preventive dentistry, but at times it is necessary to remove one tooth to properly care for other teeth. Crowding, moving, pain and decay of the teeth are the most common reasons for removal.
The skilled dental team at Smile Center Orlando will only consider extracting or “pulling” a tooth after a thorough examination has shown that the tooth is unable to be restored or maintained in the dental arch by any others means. Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the most common among dental extractions due to the lack of room to allow the teeth to grow properly without causing intense pain or affecting the roots of the teeth that have already come in the dental arch.
Other indications for tooth removal may be caused by severe decay, root fracture or trauma. Extensive mobility of teeth due to periodontal disease may also indicate tooth removal. Anytime a tooth must be removed, or extracted, it is called an oral surgical procedure. Depending on the pre-existing condition of the tooth or significant findings in your medical history, we may refer you to a specialist in oral surgery to have the tooth removed.
The post-operative instructions following tooth removal, or extraction, should be taken as seriously as any other surgical procedure.It is normal to experience some soreness for day or two following treatment. Take two aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen every four hours as needed to minimize the discomfort. A pain reliever might be prescribed if necessary.