What is a tooth extraction?
Answer: Extraction in dentistry means the removal of a tooth from the mouth, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
Why are Extractions Needed?
-Severe tooth decay
-Risk of infection
-Broken tooth that is not able to be fixed
-Crowding (orthodontic needs)
-Damaged tooth from trauma
What to Expect in a Tooth Extraction
As an adult having a tooth extracted is hardly cause for celebration, but there is no need to worry. At Machen Family Dentistry we will work to keep you as comfortable as possible. Most extractions are easily completed in the dental office. Using the same type of numbing for fillings, Dr. Machen will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. If you prefer, other sedation options are available upon request. After the extraction, you will be advised of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal, but overtime, your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
- Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
- Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
- Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
- Follow the diet Dr. Machen suggests.
For the first few days if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call us right away. Ask about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual, but don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed. Give Machen Family Dentistry a call if you have any other questions tooth extractions and what to expect. We would be happy to help! If you are in need of a tooth replacement, learn more about our dental implants or dental bridges.