Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction is a dental treatment that a dentist will make for the following dental cases

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Very few good dentures, not enough to be restored
  • Wobbling teeth due to periodontitis. The bones around the teeth have been destroyed so much that cannot be treated.
  • Tooth extraction for braces
  • To extract the milk teeth in the case that the milk teeth do not erupt normally, preventing permanent teeth to come up
  • Broken teeth which may be caused by an accident and not enough dentin to continue restoration or fracture teeth together with fracture roots or a joint fracture and the dentist determined that it could not be kept
  • Teeth that cannot be fully form or cannot grow in the right position or direction
  • Teeth that cannot be cleaned by yourself
  • Wisdom teeth that do not have a pair.

Things to do before tooth extraction

Before tooth extraction, there are some medical conditions that the dentist needs to know, because this can affect the healing of the infected wound, and to prevent possible profuse bleeding. These health conditions could be diabetes, and high blood pressure, or patients taking medication such as blood thinners, and if patient is allergic to any type of medication. After identifying these health conditions, the dentist will assess if tooth extraction can be performed on the patient.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

  • Patient should continue to bite the gauze for about 30 minutes to stop bleeding. After that, if blood flows still then replace the gauze with a new one and continue to bite the gauze until the blood stops flowing Usually it is about 1-2 hours for the case of bleeding
  • Patient should not roughly rinse mouth with water within 12 hours.
  • After tooth extraction, patients may have toothache. Which the doctor will prescribe pain medication to relieve pain or in the case that the dentist thinks tooth extraction wounds may be infected, the dentist will also take antibiotics along with the analgesic.
  • It is recommended to apply a cold compress to the area of the cheek where the tooth has been removed. The method is to apply an ice pack to the front of the area of the extracted tooth for 15 minutes at a time to help toothache to subside and reduce swelling.
  • During the first 2-3 days of tooth extraction, patient should choose to eat soft food and not strong flavor, and avoid drinking alcohol as well as smoking.
  • After eating, the patient can brush his teeth normally but should be careful when brushing the wound area to allow would to heal faster.

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