Some of the usual reasons for tooth extractions (dental extractions) include the removal of wisdom teeth, to make room for treatment or to remove severely fractured teeth.
Extractions can be performed surgically or non-surgically, depending on the condition of the tooth.
Surgical extractions are done when a tooth isn’t easily accessible, either because it hasn’t fully broken or it has broken below the gum line. A cut is made in order to access the tooth, and the tooth may be cautiously broken into pieces to make removal easier.
Non-surgical extractions require special dental equipment to carefully remove the tooth. An anaesthetic may be administered to relieve pain.
Healing Process Post Extraction
Bleeding is common for the first hour following a tooth extraction. It can take about one hour for a blood clot to form in the tooth’s socket. The wound around the dental socket will take about one week to heal and the socket will fill up with soft tissue over the next month or two. The socket should finally close with bony remodeling in around six months, sometimes slightly longer.