Having a tooth extraction
, contrary to popular belief, is actually the last thing any dentist wants to do. Whenever possible, the tooth will try and be saved through a filling or a crown. However, there are some times where a tooth simply needs to come out. It could be that the tooth is injured or diseased, or that the tooth is so impacted by decay, taking it out is the only option left.
If you need a tooth extracted, contact us here at Surprise Smiles for help.
Some Reasons Teeth Need to Be Extracted
There are a few reasons that a tooth may need to come out. Aside from injury, disease, and decay, it could be something simple like the mouth being too crowded for a new tooth to be able to come in properly. Sometimes a dentist will have to take out a tooth for orthodontia to be put in. One of the more common reasons that a tooth needs to be extracted is that the tooth is a wisdom tooth
, and it is putting pressure on the surrounding teeth as it tries to come in.
How an Extraction Works
When you have a simple extraction, a little numbing is typically all David Frausto, DDS uses. You feel a little pressure as the tooth is rocked around a little, then it comes out. However, not all extractions are that simple. Some need you to be sedated slightly so that the tooth can be reached, then pulled. This requires a bit more numbing and is often made easier with the help of oral sedation.
Once the tooth is removed, gauze is used to help control the bleeding, and replaced when it gets full. This is typically done for 30-60 minutes, followed by more gauze on an as-needed basis.
During the recovery time, we will give you instructions on how to best care for your mouth during the healing process. If you notice a problem that we don’t go over with you before you head home, give us a call and let us explain what to expect.
Taking Care of Your Extraction Site
For the first 24 hours, there are a few things you are going to want to do to care for the extraction site. First, rinse with warm salt water 3-4 times during that time. Just rinse carefully so as not to disturb the clot. Second, eat only soft, healthy foods when you do eat. This helps to protect the area while still giving you the calories you need. Third, use the medication we tell you to take on a regular schedule. This will keep you ahead of your discomfort, and make the process easier. Finally, restart your oral hygiene routine near the end of that 24 hours, being careful not to disturb the extraction site.
If you notice any unusual pain, bleeding in excess, or swelling beyond the initial amount, call us. We may need to have you come in and let us take another look. For more information, call us at (602) 842-4864 today