Every now and then a tooth can become impacted. This means that there is not enough room in your mouth for the tooth to fully emerge. This is quite often the case with your wisdom teeth — your third molars usually appearing in your late teens or early 20’s. Leaving teeth impacted puts you at risk for a variety of serious dental issues. If one or more of your teeth are impacted schedule a consultation for a dental extraction at San Jose Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California, today. The expert team of surgeons will offer you the best advice as to whether a dental extraction is necessary.
What is the tooth extraction process like?
Teeth extraction at San Jose Oral Surgery is a common procedure. Depending on the health of the tooth and whether it is visible determines whether the procedure is simple or surgical.
Simple tooth extraction
Since in this procedure your tooth is showing, your San Jose Oral Surgery doctor needs only a of couple tools called an elevator and forceps to extract it. The elevator loosens your tooth while the forceps grip the tooth and gently extract it from its socket. The procedure is painless as you will be given a local anesthetic before it begins to numb the entire area. A simple tooth extraction can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Surgical tooth extraction
Depending on the length and complexity of the procedure will determine your level of sedation. Simpler surgical procedures may only require a light sedation, whereas impacted wisdom teeth extraction might include general anesthesia.
For surgical tooth extractions it is necessary to cut into the gums and possibly remove small portions of bone.
Why might I need a tooth extraction?
Impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, are a common reason you might need a tooth extraction, but there are plenty of other reasons as well. Others include:
- Broken teeth
- Infected teeth
- Immune disorders
Broken teeth, teeth that are impacted, or teeth below the surface of the gums are more intensive procedures and are often performed by the team at San Jose Oral Surgery.
What is recovery from a tooth extraction like?
Every surgical patient heals differently, it also depends on the type of procedure you had. Recovery from a simple tooth extraction usually only takes a day or two for any pain to go away and to returning to your favorite foods. Surgical extraction can sometimes take a bit longer roughly 5-7 days. But there are ways to speed up the process and keep you as comfortable as possible. There include:
- Using an ice pack 10 minutes at a time
- Don’t use straws for beverages
- Do not smoke
- If there is bleeding bite down on gauze as instructed by your surgeon
- Take medicine as prescribed by your provider