Wisdom Teeth & Tooth Extractions
There are many forms of dental treatment which can be used to save a tooth, including root canal therapy, crowns, fillings and inlays. However, there are still some situations where it is necessary to extract one or more teeth to achieve better oral health and comfort for the patient.
Why would a tooth need to be extracted?
- Wisdom teeth – When a person enters their later teenage years, additional teeth start to grow in at the back of their mouths, one on each side of the upper and lower jaw. In most cases, the jaw bone is not large enough to accommodate these additional teeth. Thus, when they do start to come in they often need to be removed.
- Impacted Teeth – An impacted tooth is one which remains fully or partially below the surface of the gums as it grows in. Such teeth can become infected and push against other teeth, creating inflammation or infections. Impacted teeth are removed for the overall health of the patient and to relieve the pain from the swelling and inflammation.
- Crowded Teeth – There are times where teeth are too tightly crowded in a person’s mouth, and removing a tooth may simply make it easier to straighten or align the teeth. This would be done in combination with orthodontic treatment.
- Health Concerns – We may also recommend a tooth be extracted simply for health purposes. If a tooth has severely decayed and becomes infected, it may be in the patient’s best interest to remove it entirely and have it replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.
How long does it take to recover after a tooth extraction?
It usually takes gum tissue about 3-4 weeks to heal. The bone can take up to 6 months to heal completely. However, pain should be lessening by the second day. But it varies from patient to patient, and also depends on how easy or difficult the tooth removal was.