An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is usually a last resort when a tooth's condition is so bad that it cannot be saved. In these instances, the tooth needs to be extracted in order to prevent complications and allow the patient to keep the rest of their teeth healthy. Extractions are usually quick and simple procedures that leave you feeling much better!
There are a variety of reasons why you might need a tooth extracted, such as severe tooth pain or tooth decay. However, the most common reason is to remove wisdom teeth that are impacted or stuck beneath the gum line. Impacted teeth can cause a number of problems, including infection, damage to adjacent teeth, and crowding of the mouth. In these cases, the wisdom teeth should be extracted as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Another reason for tooth extraction is when teeth are too damaged to be repaired with fillings or other dental treatments. Severely broken teeth are more likely to cause pain, abscesses, and other complications. Extracting these teeth helps to prevent any future damage and pain.
Lastly, some baby teeth do not fall out naturally, which can cause problems with tooth development. In this case, the dentist may recommend removing them to make way for the permanent teeth to come in properly.
Our dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to minimize any pain you may feel during the procedure. The tooth will then be loosened from the socket and, if needed, cut into smaller pieces before being removed. Finally, the dentist will make sure the site is clean and protected and provide aftercare instructions before you leave the office.
If you are experiencing extreme discomfort prior to or after the procedure, our dentist will likely prescribe you pain medication to help ease the pain. This medication should be taken as directed. Make sure also to follow post-op instructions provided by our dentist in order to best prevent further complications following your procedure.
After an extraction, your mouth will be numb for anywhere from three to 12 hours or more. During that time, it is normal to experience some bleeding and swelling, which can be managed with an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables. You may feel some pain and discomfort as well.
For the first day or two after an extraction, it's helpful to eat soft foods and avoid using a straw until the area has healed. Avoid smoking or using tobacco products, as these can delay healing and increase the risk of infection or dry socket. Rinsing with salt water can also help speed recovery by rinsing away bacteria from the extraction site.
Keep the extraction site clean with warm water and a syringe or an irrigation device for a few days. Avoid brushing the extraction site for about five days or until the sutures are removed. Once the area has completely closed, you can resume your normal oral health care routine, including daily brushing and flossing.
If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, inflammation, fever, or a foul odor, contact our office right away, as you may be experiencing a complication from the healing process that requires treatment. These symptoms can be signs of infection and should be evaluated as soon as possible.
If you'd like to know more about dental extractions, visit Grant Family Dentistry at 335 6th St, Meeker, CO 81641, or call (970) 878-5853.
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