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What is a dental extraction?

There are two main types of dental extractions – simple and surgical.  A simple one involves removing teeth that are easily seen and the dentist can reach without any issues.  In many cases, a local anesthetic is use to reduce any discomfort.

The surgical one is when an incision is required to get access to the teeth to remove. This can occur when a tooth has not fully formed beyond the gum line or fractured below the gum line. For this procedure, general anesthesia is frequently used and may be done in a hospital setting.

Naturally, your dentist will do a simple extraction when it is possible. They are easier to do and have fewer negative effects but sometimes the more complicated one is needed for the best dental health moving forward.

Handling Dental Emergencies

Oh no! A dental emergency can be stressful and of course, you want to see your dentist as soon as possible. But in the meantime, here are a few steps to take if you do have an emergency.

  • Losing a filling: Get a temporary filling from the drugstore or even use sugar free gum as a quick patch.
  • Breaking a tooth: It could be your tooth had a crack in it already so you need to be extra careful. Keep chewing to a minimum.
  • Toothache: Avoid extremely hot and  cold foods and use an over-the-counter pain reliever for some relief.
  • Losing a crown: Bring the crown with you if you still have it when it fell off. It’s possible it can be fixed. Stay away from sticky foods.

Emergencies happen. When they do, try one of these temporary fixes and see your Summerville dentist as soon as you can.