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Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Updated on March 7, 2013

Tooth extraction procedures are some of the more serious oral surgery procedures that are frequently performed on dental patients today. These operations can be required for a wide variety of different reasons, many of which will be introduced and detailed in this article, for the benefit of dental patients everywhere.


Perhaps the most common reason for a tooth to be removed, is if it has become so severely damaged that it poses a threat to the overall dental health of an individual. If this is the case, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be consulted to remove the damaged tooth. Some of the afflictions of a tooth that might cause it to require removal include excess decay, or if a tooth has become abscessed (abscessed teeth are ones that have developed a pocket of fluid and pus within various oral tissues, both around and beneath the tooth).


Tooth extraction typically has positive results for the patient, helping to keep different types of infection from spreading around to other areas of the mouth, and really the entire body as a whole. Like most other oral surgery procedures, there are certain risks associated with tooth extraction. One of the most frequent adverse effects suffered from a tooth extraction operation is a bacterial infection, which is caused by bacteria in the mouth being allowed to enter the bloodstream though surgeon-created openings in the oral tissue (patients receiving this type of operation are often advised to take antibiotics before, and after surgery in order to prevent infection from setting in).


After a tooth extraction procedure is complete, there are a number of different things a patient can do both to limit the possibility of complication, and also to maximize their comfort and speed of healing process. Some of these things include eating soft foods, not touching the affected area, changing gauze pads to ensure cleanliness, not smoking, and very carefully and gently brushing teeth.


If this kind of oral surgery is one that you'd rather avoid, then making sure your dental health is on par should be your top priority. A regular check-up and cleaning is a great place to start when seeking to both maintain good oral health, and minimize the need for having a tooth extraction surgery.

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