In case you are experiencing an infection or decay in your oral health, your tooth may be need to be extracted. There are also cases where your adult teeth may be overcrowded, necessitating tooth removal as part of orthodontia work. Our skilled dentists at Keizer Family Dental are equipped to safely extract teeth and give care for your safe recovery.
Are Extractions Necessary?
One reason that extraction should be considered is when one tooth's development collides with the growth of another; this can cause tooth impaction. Infection of the tooth can result in red, swollen, bleeding, or painful gums. People with this illness frequently complain of discomfort and swelling around their jaw.
Tooth decay is caused by tartar and plaque accumulation. The enamel of the teeth is eroded by these deposits, making them weak. If the situation worsens, an infection can develop, resulting in pain, swelling, and redness. To avoid additional health problems, it may be essential to fully remove a tooth and replace it with a dental bridge.
Periodontal (gum) disease is frequently caused by plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, similar to tooth decay. While many other disorders can affect the gums and bone around the teeth, gingivitis, and periodontitis are the two most prevalent. If the bone or gums around the tooth have deteriorated too severely, the tooth may need to be removed.
Even if sutures are in place, it is normal for the socket to bleed when an adult tooth is removed. Our dental staff will ensure that additional care will be given, especially when the gum socket is bleeding. Gauze pads are temporarily meant to absorb the blood, stop the bleeding, and induce blood clotting.
After three to four hours of the dental extraction, you may remove the gauze pad or opt to change it again. Avoiding eating hard foods and smoking should be mitigated to ensure a fast-healing process for your extraction.
Getting adequate rest is a must for faster healing of the wound. On the day following your extraction, make sure that you do not do any physical exertion. A pillow with a higher height may be helpful when propping your head up to reduce bleeding.
As advised by our dentist, the next following days are crucial to ensure fast healing. Opt for a day full of rest, and after that, gradually resume your activities but be sure to check your condition every once in a while. When brushing and flossing your teeth, make sure that you do it softly with caution. The open socket might bleed again if you do not take precautions.
Soft meals like mashed potatoes and soup should be eaten in the healing period. You can resume a regular diet as your socket heals. Refrain from hard foods that could damage your socket, and slow healing. The recovery time is usually only a few days, but it might take up to a week to recover from tooth extraction.
Once you have fully recovered, you can talk to our dentists about tooth replacement alternatives to create your perfect smile and to prevent additional teeth from moving. To make an appointment, call Keizer Family Dental at (971) 345-8563 today.