The truth is, you probably don’t want to get any of your teeth taken out of your mouth, and we get that. Tooth Extractions aren’t usually on anybody’s priority list. However things happen and it may be necessary for you to have a tooth pulled. It’s completely normal and it happens to more people than you might think.
We know that your teeth and smile are a huge part of your self image. We get it because each of us here at Canyon Rim Dental feel the same way, and we want all of our patients happy and confident.
Sometimes we need to have a tooth pulled, it’s ok, because we make sure your teeth are healthy and we preserve and improve your confidence and beautiful smile.
Your teeth are meant to stay in your mouth and for them to last forever as an adult, but like I said, things happen and there is a list of why tooth extraction and even a small surgery needs to happen.
Causes for Tooth Extractions
A damaged tooth– Whether you got in an accident, or you may not have kept your teeth as clean as you should have some teeth just get damaged over time.
Teeth infected– Unfortunately this can happen if your tooth decay extends to the middle of your tooth. The center is where the nerves and vessels resides and if it reaches that far then there is no coming back. You might try some antibiotics to preserve the tooth, but if it’s too far gone then the tooth will need to come out.
Crowded Mouth– Some people’s mouth are crowded with how their teeth came in. It is a natural process that we just don’t have control over. Sometimes in order to improve your smile to the best it can be, the dentist will need to create more room so the teeth can all fit in their optimal state. So a tooth may need to be extracted to allow the remaining teeth to align perfectly.
What should I expect from my tooth extraction?
First of all, our dentist is specially trained to perform all types of extractions and has had many many years of experience doing it. To get started you will get an injection of numbing medicine around the area where the tooth will be removed.
From there it is easy, because now you are at ease not feeling any pain or discomfort. The dentist will then pull away the gum around the tooth and will use a tool to remove the tooth carefully and smoothly.
After the procedure is finished you’ll want to take it easy. The area that was just worked on will be tender and need to be carefully protected for several hours. There are a few things you shouldn’t do.
Proper care afterwards
Do not exercise or get your blood pumping as you will have formed a simple blood clot where the tooth was removed and you don’t want to break up or agitate the clot for about a day.
You’ll want to refrain from sucking through a straw or washing your mouth out vigorously. These will also cause the clot to break up and will prevent you from healing as fast.
Make sure you don’t try and clean the teeth around the area that was just worked on. You will want to wait a day or so before you get close to that area with brushing or flossing. You can brush your teeth, just be careful around the area and avoid a lot of swishing water in your mouth.
We know that you may not have much of an appetite and not want to eat regularly, but it’s important that you get in plenty of liquids and soft foods to help provide your body with the nutrients it needs. When you feel comfortable to chew on solid foods make sure you start out by chewing on the side opposite of the extracted tooth. Again you’ll want to avoid getting near it for a couple days to ensure the healing happens as fast as possible.
Is there pain or swelling?
You may have some swelling and you may have a some pain. I wouldn’t worry too much about this though because our dentist will more than likely prescribe some painkillers for you to take for a few days. This will help the swelling and also any pains that may be accompanied with the extraction that took place.
Again we want you to have the best smile and healthiest mouth you can ever have. We believe that when simple extractions are necessary these procedures will not only get you feeling better and the discomfort to go away, but it will make your teeth healthier in the long run and protect any further damage from happening.
If you’d like to talk to us about this more or if you’d like us to answer any questions, give us a call and let us help you get rid of the bad and replace it with some good!
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