Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tooth Extractions

What is the Healing Process for a Tooth Extraction?

The healing process will take quite some time because after a tooth extraction, there’s a hole left inside the jawbone. Gradually, the hole fills up with the bone and begins to become smoother. It might take up to several months for the healing process to fully complete, but major healing will occur within 1 to 2 weeks of tooth extraction. At Dr. Richard Reiss’ Westgate Dental office in Sunrise, FL, our practice continuously strives to improve our patient's oral beauty and dental health while offering an inviting atmosphere.

Healing time for tooth extractions
The empty space is merely of minor inconvenience for the following couple of days. Even though healing time varies from one person to another, swelling, bleeding, and discomfort is normal within the initial 24 hours after tooth extraction. As the swelling might last for two days, complete superficial  healing typically takes place in 1 to 2 weeks.

You might expect the gum tissue to heal within 3 - 4 weeks, and bone completely heals in 6 - 8 months. Our office will augment the surgical healing process with the addition of artificial bone graft material to aid in both healing and in retaining as much bone height in the area. Maintenance of bone height will provide a good basis for dental restoration in the area, both for Implant retained teeth and in the overal esthetics of the area. Tooth extraction aftercare, however, plays a vital role in extraction recovery. Also, extraction healing time depends upon the procedure used.

Methods of tooth extraction
There are a couple of methods for tooth extraction. One includes a simplistic extraction where the tooth to be extracted is visible. After administrating a local anesthetic, the dentist will get a hold of the tooth with forceps then loosen the tooth by moving it back and forth. Then, the tooth to be pulled out or another dental instrument referred to as an "elevator" might be used in the procedure.

But, if the tooth has hasn’t come in as yet, has broken off at the gum line, or can’t be seen easily, a surgical extraction might be needed. In this instance, the gum might need to be trimmed and held back to reach the tooth and pull it out. Then, the cut gum is covered with sutures, which take a while to heal.

For more information on extractions contact Dr. Reiss with Westgate Dental at 954-389-9600.