PROVIDING COMFORT WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST
No one wants to have a tooth extracted, but when you need one, it’s important to have a dentist who you can trust to do it safely. You may need an extraction for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is wisdom teeth. At D Smiles Family Dentistry, we can comfortably extract wisdom teeth, providing you with convenient oral surgery at the same location of your general dental practice. Read on to learn more about how we can extract teeth to get you out of pain and back on track toward a healthy smile.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
The most common type of tooth extraction is for wisdom teeth. Most people don’t have a big enough mouth to accommodate a third set of molars, which is why they must be removed. These teeth can become impacted (stuck in the jawbone), push other teeth out of alignment, and increase your risk of infection if they aren’t removed.
After examining your mouth and recommending wisdom teeth extraction, we will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable before beginning. First, we will create small incisions in your gums to access the teeth and bone. In many cases of impacted wisdom teeth, we may even have to divide the tooth into multiple pieces to successfully remove it. However, because of our various sedation options, you’ll be comfortable and relaxed.
EXTRACTION SITE PRESERVATION
Once your teeth are removed, your jawbone is at risk of deterioration because it’s not receiving the same stimulation that it once was. Without preserving the site of your extraction, you may be at risk of shifting teeth and additional tooth loss because your jaw will continue to weaken. Once your bone begins to shrink, replacing your teeth can become much more complicated. Thankfully, we offer a solution—extraction site preservation.
Once your tooth is extracted, we can provide bone grafting that builds your jawbone up, allowing for the placement of dental implants. By preserving the extraction site, you now have the option for implants, which can stimulate your jawbone to keep it healthy and thriving for the rest of your life!
After your extraction, it’s important to follow our post-operative instructions to give yourself a smooth recovery. During this entire process, take your medication as prescribed to manage pain and prevent infection. In the first 24 hours, eat only liquids and avoid using a straw. You should also apply gauze to the affected area to promote clotting. Be sure to switch your gauze before it becomes soaked, and you can also use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
After the first 24 hours, you can start to eat softer foods like mashed potatoes and puree. Be sure to also give yourself at least a day or two to rest and recover. You should still practice your oral healthcare routine but avoid brushing and flossing around the site of extraction. After 48 hours, you can start to work other foods into your diet.
If you need a tooth extraction or have any questions about the process, call our office today!