Sometimes a Tooth Extraction Is Necessary
If you have a tooth that is bothering you, it’s important to come into the office right away so we can determine the solution.
In dentistry, we always try to save the natural tooth whenever possible. But sometimes last resort treatment is called for because a tooth simply cannot be saved. When there is too much damage to a tooth, the only option might be dental extraction—especially if it is putting your other teeth at risk.
If you are facing this situation, you can rest assured that both Dr. Mary Huffman and Dr. Robbie Sheffield have performed many extractions, and they will make your procedure efficient and comfortable.
Clotting after an Extraction
Mouth wounds tend to bleed more, and sometimes the saliva mixed in with the blood makes the bleeding look worse than it actually is. Your mouth is moist, which makes it impossible for scabs to form. A blood clot is a good sign of healing. Keeping gentle but firm pressure on the site will help the clot form. Once the clot is formed, bleeding should dissipate.
Take care not to dislodge the clot once it forms. Taking the following precautions will help keep the clot where it should be, helping in the healing process:
- Avoid drinking hot beverages and alcohol.
- Eat soft foods only.
- Avoid spitting or drinking through a straw; both of these can create suction, which can loosen the clot.
- Do not smoke.
Get plenty of rest afterward, keeping your head elevated while you lie down. It's best to skip the gym and other rigorous exercises while you are healing.
Twenty-four hours after the extraction procedure, you can rinse your mouth with water, especially after you eat. This will help keep the extraction site clean of debris that can cause harmful bacteria.
You should start to feel more comfortable as each day goes by. Call your dentist if this is not the case.
Staying Comfortable after a Dental Extraction
After the extraction procedure, most people will feel some tenderness at the site that causes some mild discomfort. It usually goes away after a few days.
You can get pain relievers from your pharmacy, such as ibuprofen; these are usually sufficient for relieving this discomfort. Don't use aspirin as a pain reliever, however, since this can increase bleeding at the extraction site.
Filling in the Gap Left by an Extracted Tooth
If you are concerned about a gap in your smile after an extraction, talk to us about a dental implant or a dental bridge to fill in the space.
Not only does a missing tooth impact your self-confidence, it can also mean you are unable to chew properly. Leaving a gap in your smile can also cause your healthy teeth to shift, making your bite uneven. This can lead to other problems, including the loss of more teeth.
Call Us for an Appointment
Do you have a problem tooth that might need to be extracted? It’s important to come in for an evaluation before the problem gets any worse and puts your healthy teeth at risk. Call today for an appointment so you can discuss your needs with Dr. Huffman or Dr. Sheffield.