Having to have your teeth pulled is not something you actively seek out. The thing is, it is sometimes necessary to have teeth extractions to ensure your mouth is healthy and your overall dental health is at its best. If you are worried about having a procedure done like this, you shouldn’t be. It happens all the time and you be surprised at how many people you know that have had work like this done. It’s a normal part of your dental hygiene and there are a few things you should be aware of as you are learning about this topic and probably preparing yourself for it.
Before I get into some important details about tooth extractions I wanted to first say this.
Our dental office in Salt Lake doesn’t just want to help you get your problematic teeth removed we care about your health and want you to have the most confident smile you’ve ever had. We know that your smile is one of the biggest factors to your self-confidence and overall satisfaction of appearance so we do our absolute best in making sure your dental work is done to your satisfaction. So even though the goal is to preserve your teeth sometimes there are reasons for one or multiple teeth to be pulled. Here are a few reasons why you should consider having a tooth extracted.
Mouth is Crowded
We are all born with different shapes of mouth and teeth. There is not one mouth that is the same. Whether your teeth are naturally crowded or something caused them to be it is a very common occurrence. This crowded issue can cause problems and maybe even major pains in your mouth. Having that type of pain is pretty tough to bare. Having a tooth pulled can relieve all those painful symptoms and release some pressure you may be feeling.
Also having a crowded mouth can block certain areas of your other teeth and your ability to clean properly is hindered. This will then cause much bigger problems in the long run as your teeth will develop other problems.
When tooth decay extends to the middle of your tooth this is when it can become infected and damaged. This can come inadvertently or just by not cleaning your teeth properly. In some cases you may be able to use an antibiotic to restore the function and health but in most situations, the tooth is probably too far gone to be helped that way.
One of the most popular causes of needing an extraction is a damaged tooth in your mouth. This can happen by accident from getting hit by a ball, tripping or falling, or anything like that. When something like that does happen it’s time to come and see the dentist. Your teeth can also get damaged by improper cleaning and poor maintenance.
What should I expect from my tooth extraction?
The first thing you should know is our professional dentist will take care of your needs 100% guaranteed. We are trained for many many years and have done these procedures thousands of times. It can sometimes be nerve racking to get this kind of work done and that is completely normal. You can feel peace of mind knowing you’ll be taken care of and our priority is your overall health and satisfaction.
The process is fairly simple. You will get started by getting some numbing medicine around the area where the tooth will be removed.
From there you sit back and relax as you will not feel any pain or discomfort. The dentist will then pull away the gum around the tooth and will use a tool to remove the tooth carefully and smoothly. You are done and you’re mouth is on its way to feeling better.
After the procedure is finished you’ll want to take it easy. The area that was just worked on will be tender and need to be carefully protected for several hours. There are a few things you shouldn’t do.
Proper care after a tooth extraction
You’ll need to take it easy for a couple days to ensure you don’t agitate the blood clot that needs to form around the pulled tooth. Do not exercise, or get your blood pumping too much. Just rest and let your mouth recover. Typically after day two, you can start doing your normal routine. Also you’ll want to refrain from sucking through a straw or washing your mouth out vigorously. Doing these types of actions will be a problem as they will break up the clot that needs to stay and heal.
As far as cleaning around the area you should not try to do so for a few days. Brush your other teeth but avoid cleaning around that particular area. Just be careful when brushing and flossing around that area and avoid a lot of swishing and gargling water in your mouth.
Make sure you eat but not the wrong foods. Let me explain. You probably won’t have that much of an appetite right away, but it’s important to eat and drink to help provide your body the nutrients it needs to help you heal fast. Drink plenty of water and start eating soft foods that feel comfortable to you. After some time, you can start off trying to chew on solid foods. Again just be careful when you are chewing around that area you had your tooth pulled.
Is there pain or swelling?
You may have some swelling and you may have some pain. If this is the case for you, don’t worry, we can prescribe you with painkillers that will soothe any minor pains you may feel and help you be comfortable as you recover. These medicines will not only mitigate the pain but they are going to reduce the swelling and help you heal as quick as possible.
You Can Feel Confident and Happy
Of course, as you consider getting a tooth extracted we hope you can trust us to get the job done as our quality dentist makes it his goal to provide a service worthy of a five-star review.
We care about how you feel and want you to feel happy, healthy, and confident with your smile. If you’d like to talk to us about this more or if you’d like us to answer any questions, give us a call and let us help you get rid of the bad and replace it with some good! Give us a call today at (801) 424-3500!