Do You Have a Tooth (Or Teeth) Getting On Your Last Nerve?
Time to renew and restore your smile to full functionality, and health! At Texas Family Dental, we strive to keep you with a mouth full of natural, healthy, happy, teeth. However, in certain cases, the removal of an infected, injured, or decaying tooth would be the best option for restoring your smile to an optimal state of health, beauty, and functionality.
You may be a good candidate for extraction if:
- You have a serious oral infection that has caused permanent damage to the supporting bone structure of your teeth.
- Your teeth are decaying or heavily damaged and are unable to be repaired to full functionality.
- Your mouth is overly crowded for the available space.
- You have gum disease caused by plaque, hormonal changes, illnesses, medications, bad habits, poor oral hygiene, or a family history of poor oral health.
Common Reasons For Tooth Extractions
Some of the most common reasons for the removal of teeth are:
- Serious infections – A major infection can become so severe that it has destroyed your tooth or caused your mouth permanent damage to the bone structure that is supporting your tooth/teeth.
- Decay – Decay damaged teeth that are unrepairable and unable to be repaired to full functionality.
- Overcrowding – Overcrowding of the mouth is when you have too many teeth to properly fit in the space of your mouth.
- Gum disease – Gum disease can be caused by plaque, hormonal changes, illnesses, medications, bad habits (such as smoking, drinking sugary fluids), poor oral hygiene, family history of poor oral health.
After Your Tooth Extraction:
After the procedure, know that you will experience some discomfort as to be expected. Your dentist will give you thorough instructions for aftercare management. No prescription pain medication is needed, however, most Dentists will recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever. The Dentist will dress your mouth with gauze for you to leave in for up to 4 hours after the procedure.
- Use ice packs for alternative pain management. We recommend doing this for 10 minutes and resting for 10 alternating between the two.
- Do NOT rinse, spit, or use a straw for 24 hours. This allows for bleeding to subside.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with saltwater. This helps in relieving pain and reducing swelling.
- Avoid smoking due to dry sockets. Developing a dry socket can lead to bad breath, difficulty opening the mouth, increased pain, and more serious issues.
- Sleep in an upright position to decrease your healing time. Sleeping in an elevated position after a tooth extraction will help counter gravitational forces.
Continue healthy oral hygiene habits! It’s important to continue to maintain good oral hygiene habits such as frequent brushing, flossing, and plaque prevention.
Let Texas Family Dental Answer Your Questions!
Contact our office and a kind member of our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Let’s win back your smile.