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Removing an Impacted Tooth

Updated on July 7, 2013
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Teeth are one of the most important part of our face. You have to smile, laugh, and even talk. An impacted tooth can be the bane of your tooth’s existence, especially if the tooth is growing in a diagonal angle. It could hit your other teeth and cause tooth decay in the space between or cause crowding with the other teeth. Sometimes it’s difficult to identify the growth of a tooth because most people only go to the dentist for cleanings or filling out a cavity but not for impacted teeth.

Taking a look at the tooth

The dentist would primarily examine your teeth, and if he can’t see anything wrong on the surface, he will have to instruct you to get an x-ray of your tooth to see how the tooth is growing. Once the dentist has an idea on how your teeth are growing, he will be able to give you different suggestions on how to extract the tooth. If he sees other concerns with your teeth, like minor gaps in growth of teeth, he may suggest a way on how to close a gap without braces. If the tooth is slowly decaying because of its alignment, the dentist will have to schedule you for a tooth extraction in the earliest possible time.

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Pulling it out

Depending on the growth of your impacted tooth, the dentist may suggest that your tooth will have to be pulled out by cutting into the gums first so it is considered a minor operation. However, if there are no obstructions in pulling it out, you may just get minor anesthesia, a short time of eyes being closed and a few tugs for the tooth to come loose. It could be a quick procedure or an excruciatingly long process if you don’t follow as the dentist instructed. The dentist would usually give medicines two to three days before pulling the tooth out. Remember not to miss the medicine schedule and to do all of your important tasks before your tooth is pulled out. If you have teeth gap bands, the dentist may remove them until after you’ve recovered from the tooth extraction. However, this highly depends on your pain tolerance and your ability to still eat properly after the tooth extraction.

After extraction

Like any tooth extraction, you must remember to take it easy for the next few days for you to fully recover. Pulling out a tooth is no joke, and once the anesthesia wears off, it may or may not be a world of pain. Eat a lot of ice cream to ease the pain when the anesthesia wears off. Don’t eat any hard foods for a few days to avoid bleeding and also to avoid getting anything lodged into the empty space where your tooth used to be. Take pain relievers if you have to, but all you have to do is really to take it easy. Rest up, read a book, sleep, eat properly and rest some more. Have your dentist take a look at your teeth again after a week just to make sure that the gums are healing properly.

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