What To Know About Tooth Extractions
At Today’s Dental Comfort, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth. Unfortunately, however, that is not always possible. In these circumstances, we recommend a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction is the process of removing the entire tooth structure, including the root, from the mouth. A tooth extraction can bring forth a variety of emotions from patients. Aside from the common feelings of sadness and disappointment, many patients also feel uncertain and nervous about the process and the recovery.
Why Would a Patient Require an Extraction?
There are a multitude of reasons that a patient might require an extraction. One of the most common reasons for an extraction that many people are familiar with is extreme tooth decay. When decay is present and recommended treatments are postponed or avoided, the decay worsens until an extraction is the only solution. An extraction may also be recommended when a root canal is not successful in saving the tooth. Severe gum disease, issues with wisdom teeth and spacing issues prior to orthodontic care are also common reasons for extraction.
Care Following an Extraction
Our team will provide specific directions for before the extraction and for the recovery after the completion of treatment. Be sure to remember that each patient will have a different recovery, but it is important to follow our instructions to ensure that you do not cause damage to the extraction area and cause complications. You want to be sure to follow the cues from your body and not push yourself to exercise too soon or attempt to eat tough or chewy foods before your mouth is ready. If your child has a tooth extracted, we suggest that you monitor them closely. Recovery care we recommend is:
- Relaxing for at least 24 hours after the procedure and limiting activity for the next few days.
- Eating soft foods such as soup, yogurt, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, jello, and pudding, being sure to avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods.
- Avoiding drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
- Not smoking, as the sucking motion could disrupt the healing process.
- Continuing to clean your teeth, being careful to avoid the extraction area
To avoid tooth extractions, it is important to remain diligent with your dental hygiene visits. If you have not recently been to see us for a hygiene visit and dental exam, please contact our office located in Burton, MI to schedule your next appointment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you with anything you need!