Getting a tooth extracted isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Yet, sometimes removing a tooth can be the best way of maintaining the health of the rest of the mouth.
It is vital that you get the right advice in order to make a smart decision on teeth extractions and wisdom teeth removal. Simply leaving a damaged tooth in your mouth can lead to serious complications, although you will also want to give it the best possible chance of surviving.
Your Kennewick dentist will evaluate all of the available options and will do everything possible to avoid teeth extractions. Extracting is the last resort but there is no denying that sometimes it is the only sensible option available for your long-term health.
If it turns out that extraction is the best course of action, then it is likely to be for one of the following reasons.
Of course, once teeth extractions have been carried out, it makes sense to get the missing teeth replaced. Failing to do this can result in additional problems, as the remaining teeth shift into the gap, which could cause various dental problems in the future.
Getting a dental implant may be the best solution following an extraction, but your dentist will take the time to explain all of the options to you and make sure that you are comfortable with the suggested solution.
Don’t suffer from a tooth that you think is beyond repair. Speak to Tri-City Dental Care and we will make sure that you are well looked after while we go about our business of taking care of your teeth.
There are a number of reasons why teeth may need to be extracted. If you need braces, it is common to need to extract one, two, three, or even four teeth to make room for the teeth to move in place. Wisdom teeth are unique and unusual: After we lose our baby teeth and grow real teeth, the body waits a few years and starts growing wisdom teeth. This can be painful if there isn’t enough room for them to grow without colliding with already existing teeth.
There are also those wisdom teeth that instead of growing downwards, they grow inside the gums, and this can be very painful. Decay, periodontal disease, broken teeth and poorly positioned teeth are some of the many other reasons you might choose to have a tooth extracted.
Infected teeth and gums are very painful, and the growing bacteria can move from the root of the teeth to other places in the mouth. This should be treated before it spreads, as risks are involved with the brain being so close to the jaw. Inflammation can cause fever and additional discomfort.
If you have been struggling with recurring root infection in wisdom teeth and molars, you should consider extracting the problem tooth. The cause could be the placement of the tooth, and there
is no easy fix other than removing the tooth. A more complex solution is available, and that is surgery. Usually, most people can manage just fine with one wisdom tooth or molar less. The teeth all the way in the back of the mouth are not visible, so it doesn’t cause any problem with the aesthetics of the mouth and smile.
A lot of people dread going to the dentist for tooth extraction. However, with today’s dental procedures and technologies, the process is a lot easier and the recovery much faster than it used to be. Depending on the treatment needed, you may have a day or two with discomfort in your jaw and mouth, but that is well worth it when you get relief from a painful wisdom tooth.
If you choose to extract a tooth that has been causing you trouble, here are a few things that are good to know:
Recovery time: after extracting a tooth you should stay away from food for at least three hours. You should not smoke before at least 24 hours have passed, as nicotine makes the blood vessels smaller and increases blood pressure. It also reduces the blood going to the surface and slows down the recovery process. Stick to cold drinks and food the first night to avoid discomfort. Lastly, wait two or three days before you brush around the area of the extracted teeth.
It is not common to extract more than two teeth at once. This is not exactly decided by medical considerations, but rather the comfort of the patient. The dentist will administer local anesthesia,
and the patient won’t feel pain, but there is discomfort later on, and the gums will bleed a little for at least two days. This is completely normal, but you should keep an eye on the wound.
With any kind of open wound, there is a risk of infection. If the bleeding does not stop within three days, you should contact your dentist to check if your gums are infected. If that is the case, a week of antibiotics will be more than enough to stop the infection and recover.
You may have heard the phrase “like pulling teeth” to describe something that is hard to unpleasant to do. At Tri City Dental Care, however, we do our best to make the process of extracting teeth as easy as possible, with less pain and a shorter recovery time than you might expect. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.