As you grow up, your baby teeth are replaced by your permanent teeth. This natural process leaves you with a full set of healthy, strong teeth that are designed to last you a lifetime. However, sometimes your teeth don’t last as long as they’re meant to.
Since teeth are just as prone to damage as any other part of you as you age, it’s not surprising that sometimes a tooth is damaged too much to save. Our team at Mountain Springs Dental will always do our best to save and protect your natural teeth; however, when a tooth is too far gone, a tooth extraction may be the best option for your overall health.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions can be needed for a number of reasons, including:
- Severe Damage: The type of damage that could constitute a tooth extraction would most often come from some form of blunt-force trauma. Sports or accidents where you are hit in the face can cause irreparable damage to teeth. If the tooth root is also crushed, keeping it in your mouth can cause severe pain and damage to your nerves.
- Decay: If a tooth is too far gone from serious decay, that will often also end with a tooth extraction.
- Infection: Bad infections that can’t be fixed or corrected can lead to a tooth needing to be removed to prevent that infection from spreading to your other healthy teeth.
- Risk of Infection: If you have a compromised immune system, even potential risk to a tooth could mean it needs to be taken out.
- Overcrowded Mouth: In some situations, teeth can grow in too close together, which can lead to overlapping and cause damage to your crowded teeth. It might be necessary to extract a tooth to make room for existing teeth.
How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction
If you’re experiencing any severe tooth damage, decay, infection, risk of infection, or an overcrowded mouth, you and your dentist may decide that a tooth extraction is the best course of action.
A tooth extraction is a common procedure that a lot of people undergo. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for your tooth extraction procedure.
While oral surgery on the whole is common, it may be the first time for you! Before your procedure, you should communicate with your dentist and get any concerns cleared up. Our skilled team at Mountain Springs Dental can answer any questions you might have.
Share Your Full Medical History
Some medical conditions can make a tooth extraction more complicated or dangerous, so providing your dentist with a full medical history is important. At Mountain Springs Dental, we do everything we can to ensure your comfort—knowing that full history helps us do that.
Avoid Eating 12 Hours in Advance
You should stop eating twelve hours before your tooth extraction. Not eating will help prevent complications with your extraction, and it can prevent nausea before and after the procedure.
Properly preparing for a tooth extraction makes the procedure and the recovery process easier.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Our team at Mountain Springs Dental is familiar with tooth extractions. You can trust that we’ll provide you with the best care and technology available in the event you need a tooth removed.
The process will start with a local anesthetic applied to the area. Once everything is thoroughly numbed, we’ll start the extraction. You may be put entirely to sleep for the procedure or kept partially conscious, depending on what exactly is being done and what tooth is affected.
We’ll then carefully take the tooth out. Once you regain full consciousness, you’ll be provided with gauze and any other materials necessary to aid in a quick and full recovery.
If your extracted tooth creates a noticeable gap, we’ll provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking tooth replacement to restore your smile.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
Once the team at Mountain Springs Dental have finished your tooth extraction procedure, you will go home for your recovery. Recovery is usually only a few days. Proper care is important to ensure a safe and quick recovery, and there are a few do’s and don’ts you can follow to help the process along.
Tooth Extraction Recovery Do’s:
- Do rest for the first 24 hours. Even though the discomfort will be localized in your mouth, take it easy. You will recover much faster if you take some time to relax after surgery.
- Do use an ice pack as desired. Following a tooth extraction, you may experience swelling. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for ten minute intervals to counteract any swelling you might have.
- Do prop your head up with pillows when you lay down. Laying down flat can lead to prolonged bleeding, so keep your head elevated.
- Do brush and floss gently, while avoiding the extraction site. One tooth may have been removed, but the rest of your teeth still require traditional care.
- Do listen to your dentist! Dr. Garner and our team at Mountain Springs Dental will give you any specific advice you need after your procedure.
Tooth Extraction Recovery Don’ts:
- Don’t drink through a straw. A tooth extraction leaves a hole in your jaw, and using a straw soon after surgery can cause dry socket.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking can inhibit the healing process, so it is best to avoid it entirely.
- Don’t eat hard or crunchy foods. After a tooth extraction, you should only eat soft foods. Good tooth extraction foods include yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, or pudding. This phase should only last a few days, and you will be back to eating as you normally would.
- Don’t spit or rinse your mouth out. For twenty-four hours after your surgery, avoid any spitting or rinsing. You want to give time for your body to form blood clots at the extraction site.
- Don’t hesitate to call Mountain Springs Dental with any questions or concerns you might have!
A tooth extraction procedure can seem stressful or scary, but it’s a simple procedure that just needs a few days and a little aftercare. If you follow the do’s and don’ts we have listed here and communicate with your dentist, you will have a quick and easy recovery back to your normal life.
Find Out More About Having a Tooth Extracted With Mountain Springs Dental
Questions or concerns about having a tooth extraction? Give our office a call today! We’re here to answer your questions and put any of your concerns at ease.