Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with either local, general, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination. Removing visible teeth is a simple extraction.
Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery
Your dentist may want to make sure all conditions are stable or treated before you undergo the tooth extraction. You might be prescribed antibiotics in the days leading up to the procedure.
The Do's and Don'ts!
Make sure you get plenty of rest. Even if you feel great, its important not to exercise or have too much activity for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Let your form on the tooth that was extracted. Use ice packs and apply ice. 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off for a 1-2 hour period.
Don't smoke, don't eat solid foods don't suck on straws and avoid aspirin. Do not poke at the gap created where you tooth was. Please have Dr. Smith advise you of all that needs to be done if you are having teeth extracted.
Whenever any surgery takes place the first thing we want is to let it heal properly, quickly and smoothly.