When you go to your dentist to get a tooth pulled, it is called an extraction. Your teeth are naturally ideal for biting, chewing, and maintaining your mouth and jaw’s structure. At Rush Creek Dentistry, our dentist's first priority is to repair and save your teeth. However, dental extractions are sometimes necessary and cannot be avoided. This procedure is very common and can be considered a much better option than other restorative treatments.
Do I Need An Extraction?
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, or avulsed. Your gums have a natural repairing quality, therefore your dentist will suggest an extraction to be safe and practical. If you have serious tooth decay or damage from an injury you may need an extraction. In this case, your dentist will simply pull your tooth in order to ensure that it does not cause damage to your other teeth or your gums. Extractions are used when there is a risk of infection to another area. Dental extractions may occur as a result of untreated infections. Additionally, if your teeth are overcrowded an extraction can provide a practical solution.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth, they used to serve an evolutionary role in the digestion of different foods. Your wisdom teeth will emerge between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four. For some, your wisdom teeth will grow in without causing any problems. These teeth can easily line up with the other teeth, behind your molars. However, for many, your mouth will be too crowded for these third molars to develop naturally. It is common for wisdom teeth to be extracted in order to prevent overcrowding or pain if your wisdom teeth cannot come in properly.
Extraction Post-Operative Care
The instructions given by your dentist should be followed so that your mouth will heal properly after your tooth has been removed and the risk of any problem developing will be lowered. Following the procedure, your dentist will place a small gauze pad over the avulsion site to limit bleeding. This will aid in the forming of a blood clot, an important first step of the healing process.
This gauze pad should be left in place for thirty to forty-five minutes after leaving the office. Be sure not to chew on the gauze. If bleeding persists, close your teeth over a new, clean, and damp gauze pad. Maintain this pressure for thirty minutes and this can be done as long as there is heavy bleeding. The next day, your mouth should begin to heal, and the bleeding should begin to stop. Now you must keep the extraction site clean, only by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
What Is My Next Step?
If you have a damaged tooth, be sure to consult your dentist as soon as possible in order to ensure that the damage can be removed without causing problems to an otherwise unaffected area. When it comes to extractions, our experienced dentists at Rush Creek Dentistry will make sure that you are comfortable before, during, and after your procedure. This includes walking you through every step of your procedure and using local anesthetics to manage pain during the procedure. Please let us be your trusted care provider by calling 682-277-0535 to consult with our dental professionals now.