dentist-checkup, tooth extraction

The thought of having a tooth pulled can be a terrifying idea. I believe, in order to ensure peace of mind in my patients, it’s important to let them know what to expect from different procedures, ranging anywhere from benefits and risks to pain expectations and aftercare. There are a few causes of why one might need a tooth or multiple teeth extracted. In any case, removal should be painless and if proper post treatment instructions are followed; recovery can be a breeze.

Most commonly extractions start with an injection near the treatment sight with a local anesthetic. You might feel slight pressure as the tooth is removed but should not feel any pain whatsoever. The need for stitches depends on the patient, but because you are still under the effects of anesthesia you won’t even feel it. Once removed, gauze will help stop the bleeding.

The first few days following the extraction it is best to avoid seeds, spice, and extreme heat, and chow down on softer foods such as soups, puddings, and mashed potatoes. Remember to keep your mouth clean by rinsing it out with either a prescribed or recommended mouth wash or salt water rinse.

2-5% of people who undergo an extraction can suffer from a painful complication known as dry socket. It is most commonly found in smoking patients but can happen to anyone. I recommend not smoking at all but if you must, to cover the area with gauze and rinse your mouth out immediately after.

From here we take the restorative step, whether it is an implant, denture or bridge. If you are replacing an extracted tooth there are a few different routes you can take. Dental implants, usually made from titanium, are a root-form endosseous implant, meaning it acts almost identical to that of a real root of a tooth.

The implant is screwed into the bone and can be used to hold a crown or implant based bridge in place. A denture, either removable or bonded, is another option. Then there are bridges which are held in place by being fixed to surrounding teeth. You should discuss with your dentist which option is right for you, as every mouth is different and each individual’s finances are different as well.

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