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  • Dental Extractions

    Dental extractions are among the easiest and best ways to get relief from a toothache. As the name implies, an extraction involves removing the tooth. If your pulp has died or the tooth has become severely infected, extraction may be your only route. Depending on the tooth, the dentist can do either a simple extraction or a more complicated extraction.

    Simple extractions
    These types of extractions, the simple extractions, are the most common in the world of dentistry. During a simple extraction, the dentist will remove the tooth by loosening the gums around the socket. He will grasp the tooth with forceps and move it from side to side until he can get it to break free from the socket and remove it.

    The teeth are held to the bone by a thin piece of soft tissue. This soft tissue is known as the periodontal ligament. The dentist uses this tissue to remove the tooth. As you may know, the key to removing a tooth by pulling is to rock the tooth from side to side, which enlarges the socket in the bone and breaks the ligament that helps to hold the tooth in place.

    Simple extractions, also known as pulling, dont take long to complete. The dentist will numb you before he starts, so you wont feel anything. Depending on the tooth, pulling it will normally take just a few minutes after you have been numbed with local anesthesia. Once completed, the dentist will place gauze in your mouth to bite on and you will be free to go.

    Complex extractions
    As we all know, not all teeth can be pulled. Sometimes, the tooth will be so decayed or broken off that the dentist will have nothing to grasp above the gum line. In cases such as this, the dentist will need to perform a more complicated extraction, which involves getting the tooth out below the gum line, as he wont be able to use the standard method of pulling and rocking.

    These types of extractions involve the dentist making an incision in the gums around the tooth, and raising the flap he cut to expose the bone. Once he has exposed the bone, there may be enough of the tooth exposed for the dentist to grab and remove it using the pulling method. In most cases however, the tooth will be embedded in the bone, meaning that the dentist will be unable to pull the tooth out.

    With teeth that are imbedded in the bone, the dentist will need to use a drill and chip away at the bone to get to the tooth. This is known as cutting the tooth out, and happens to be very common with impacted teeth or teeth that are severely decayed. Once the dentist has cut his way to the tooth and removed it, he will sew back the flap of skin that he cut to get to the tooth. The flap of skin and the socket will heal over time - providing you take care of it.

    Dental extractions are very common, and happen on a daily basis for dentists. Oral surgeons are the best for extractions, as extractions are all they do. All types of extractions, even the most complex, will take time to heal. As long as you take care of your extraction site, youll avoid common pitfalls such as dry sockets and other mishaps. Although they can be painful once the procedure is over - youll eventually start to feel a lot better once you have had the tooth or teeth removed.

  • #2
    I know this perhaps better than anyone. I had my two back teeth, on both sides, were killing me to the point where it felt like my whole mouth as throbbing non-stop. When I went to the dentist, finally - after much persuasion, because I have a fear of the dentist like no other, and was in too much pain to care about the fear at that point - then the dentist told me that my teeth root was curved, unlike most other people's, and so I was going to have to go to a specialist, to get the tooth pulled.

    What really annoyed me is that when I went to this specialist to have this tooth pulled, he damaged one of the neighboring teeth, and it has been slowly crumbling ever since. Now it hurts at times, and is just a pain at times. Not happy. I will have to have that tooth out soon too.

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    • #3
      When I was a teenager, I had two teeth pulled for orthodontic reasons. I've always been terrified of dentists so every visit is always a real nightmare for me. But, surprisingly, it didn't pain at all, because the dentist had given me a few anaesthetic shots. It took him no more than 5 minutes to pull one tooth.
      "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. ― Audrey Hepburn

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      • #4
        Hearing this kind of freaks me out because I need to have some impacted molars removed and they're growing in sideways so this is going to be complicated to remove. Plus one of the teeth are located on a nerve so that will be tricky as well. I had no intention of getting them removed if I was having no problems but of course now I am, I think mainly because one of the teeth is actually showing through the gum. Hopefully all will go well.

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        • #5
          The older I get, the more freaked out I feel with regard to dental issues. It is almost inevitable that a middle aged adult would begin to have problems with their teeth, as it is one of the aging factors you can not escape, but still... and, lol, reading this does NOT make me feel better. That bit about oral surgeons being best at extractions is good to know though.

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