Tooth extractions can become necessary in a variety of different situations. At Mad River Family Dental, we are experienced in providing this solution gently and efficiently.
A tooth that has extensive decay and is unable to be saved through other restorative dental procedures like fillings or root canals may need to be extracted. Untreated gum disease may also necessitate extraction. Likewise, severely broken teeth that are too damaged to be fixed may need to be extracted. Tooth extractions may also take place in orthodontics, particularly if teeth are overcrowding the mouth. A majority of wisdom teeth are also extracted, particularly if they affect the alignment of the rest of the teeth in the mouth or never fully break the surface of the gum, inviting infection and other issues.
During the extraction, our team will help make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. We use local anesthetic so that you will not experience any pain. General anesthetic may also be an option.
After the extraction, you can expect a few days of recovery. In general, avoid rinsing, spitting, using a straw, smoking, and solid foods during the first 24 hours. Take pain medication as instructed. Prop yourself up with pillows while lying down, and plan on resting for the remainder of the day of your extraction. You can gradually start incorporating solid foods after 24 hours — or as you start to feel more comfortable doing so. Until then, soups, sauces, and puddings are your best bet. Continue maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits during your recovery, but avoid using your tooth brush or floss where your tooth was extracted. If you experience swelling, you may use a bag of ice to combat the inflammation. Be sure not to use the bag of ice for more than 10 minutes at a time.
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