Despite our best efforts to save a tooth, sometimes extraction is the only alternative. If this is necessary, we are committed to providing you the most comfortable, pain-free procedure possible.
Factors leading to extraction include:
- Extensive trauma
- Substantial tooth decay
- Gum Disease
- Badly cracked or broken teeth
No one likes the idea of losing a tooth, however there are options we can provide to fill the empty space or replace the tooth, such as:
- Implant retained dentures, which look and feel like normal teeth
- Dental bridges, which are false teeth fused between two crowns
The idea of having a tooth extracted is scary for some. Don’t worry though, with our gentle care and pain-free sedation methods, you have nothing to fear. We can also work out payment options to fit your budget and keep you financially sound.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, also known as your “third molars” come in usually around the ages of 17 – 24. Many times they come in only partially, sideways or impacted due to limited space in your mouth. If this occurs, your wisdom teeth may need to be extracted.
Common problems associated with wisdom teeth misalignment include:
- Painful, swollen gums
- Crowding or damaging of surrounding teeth
- Possible damaging of nerves and jawbone
If extraction becomes necessary, we will provide the safest, most comfortable extraction procedure possible. Even though many fear getting their wisdom teeth removed, at “Smyle Kraft” you can expect considerate, efficient dental care from our team every time.
In the extraction procedure and after:
- After the procedure, bleeding and swelling may occur. Apply gauze to bleeding
- areas and use ice to reduce swelling. You will be prescribed medication for pain as well. Maintain a cold liquid and soft food diet for a few days after, and avoid brushing the extracted tooth area for the first 24 hours
After Extraction Home Care
Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 45 minutes can control this.
Blood clot formation.
This is an important part of the healing process and you must be careful not to dislodge the clot.
Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
Avoid use of straw, smoking or hot liquids.
If swelling occurs intermittent ice pack application is advised. Repeat this cycle as you feel necessary for up to 24 hours.
Pain and Medications
If you experience pain you may use non-prescription pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
For most extractions just make sure you do your chewing away from the extraction site. Stay away from hot liquids and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. A liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours.
Brushing and Cleaning
After the extraction avoid brushing the teeth near the extraction site for one day. After that you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, as they tend to irritate the site. Beginning 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.
Dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged, and the healing is significantly delayed.
Following the post extraction instructions will reduce the chances of developing dry socket. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain, which doesn’t appear until three or four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry socket may cause a bad taste or bad breath and the extraction site appears dry.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding extractions or to learn more about restorative dental options, please contact us at 08744807737 / 08744807747 today.