A basic tooth extraction is the simplest form of extraction. First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. You can also be sedated to ensure your comfort. Next, Dr. Sandhu will begin the process by loosening your tooth in the socket with a specialized dental tools. Once your tooth is loose, he will gently pull it out. After this, the area will be disinfected, cleaned, and stitched shut to help prevent infection.
Basic extractions are usually recommended for teeth that have been affected by gum disease, tooth decay, or damaged by an oral injury, and cannot be saved with other methods of treatment. On occasion, basic extractions may also be used for orthodontic purposes, such as to remove one or more teeth if a patient is suffering from extreme crowding due to a small, underdeveloped jaw.
The wisdom teeth are our final set of 4 molars. Unlike the rest of our adult teeth, which emerge by the age of about 12 or 13, wisdom teeth typically don’t come in until the ages of 17-25.
They are a natural part of our body, but most people do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate another set of teeth. This is particularly true of patients who have had orthodontic treatment, such as braces. The wisdom teeth will often erupt incorrectly, possibly damaging the surrounding teeth. For this reason, most people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed once they come in.
If your wisdom tooth has erupted fully, it can be removed with a basic extraction. However, if it is “impacted” and has not fully emerged from your gums, it must be removed with a surgical extraction. This procedure involves cutting an opening in your gum near the tooth in order to remove the tooth. After the tooth has been removed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut to heal.
Completely recovering from a tooth extraction may take up to two weeks, but your mouth will feel mostly normal within a few days.
The most important thing to do during this time is to avoid dislodging the blood clot that will form in the socket of your pulled tooth. This blood clot is what forms the scaffold for your new bone and gum tissue. Avoid doing things like spitting or rinsing your mouth forcefully or using a straw for at least 24-48 hours after your tooth is pulled.
Recovery will require you to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for a few days, but you can resume eating normally once the extraction site starts to heal. Dr. Sandhu will give you a comprehensive set of recovery instructions after your extraction, so make sure to follow them to the letter to avoid extending the recovery process.