Extractions (tooth pullings) are right up there with root canals for things that people don’t want to have to undergo at the dentist. It’s true that the teeth that nature gave you are the best at biting, chewing, and and maintaining the structure of your mouth and jaw. Our first priority is to save your natural teeth and help them to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes your teeth are too decayed, they’re getting in the way of other teeth, or they’re too broken from trauma to save. In these cases, Bow Trail Dental offers full-service extractions.
What Will Happen At My Extraction?
Your dentist will give you anaesthetic to numb the pain of having a tooth pulled. We also offer sedation dentistry using Nitrous Oxide . These mean that while your extraction is happening, you should feel relatively relaxed, and the only pain you should feel is some pressure. If you feel nervous or anxious about your extraction, let your dentist know and we’ll work with you to try to help you be more comfortable. Once the anaesthetic has fully taken effect, your dentist will remove the tooth or teeth that need extraction. You will feel pressure but should not feel any pain during this process.
When you think about teeth being pulled, wisdom teeth are probably the first thing that springs to mind, especially if you’re in your late teens or early 20s. Wisdom teeth are the farthest back or third molars in all quadrants of your mouth, and typically erupt (emerge beyond the gum) between ages 17 and 21. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but it is not uncommon that these teeth, due to their positioning in the mouth, may develop problems indicating extraction.
The most common reasons a wisdom tooth will need to be removed include tooth crowding, infection due to bacteria, food being trapped under gum tissue near the wisdom tooth, impaction of the tooth resulting in pain, damage to nearby teeth, and cysts or tumors. Wisdom teeth are sometimes also removed to prevent potential future problems. These can include sinus pain, headaches, and larger infections. If orthodontics are needed, tooth removal may be required in order to fit all the teeth properly. It is easier to remove wisdom teeth between the ages of 12 and 25, since the bond with the bone increases over time. However, you may be one of the lucky ones, and have your wisdom teeth erupt in proper alignment, have sufficient room, and be properly cleaned! The most important thing you can do to prevent avoidable wisdom tooth extraction is to carefully brush and floss these hard-to-reach teeth. Ask your doctor if there are any special toothbrushes which may help you to keep them cleaned and cavity-free.
Immediately after your teeth are extracted, your mouth will still be numb. Make sure you don’t bite your cheek, lip, or tongue by accident! You can help prevent this by not eating any chewable foods while still numb. If you do not regain feeling within a few hours, call your dentist. You’ll likely have a gauze pack on the extraction site that your dentist put there. Its job is to limit bleeding and help a blood clot to form. Don’t take it out for at least 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the dentist, and don’t chew on it.
Your recovery should only last a few days in most cases. Talk to your dentist about what kind of painkillers would be most appropriate for you, and use a cold back on the outside of your mouth if you are experiencing pain or swelling. Don’t smoke or exercise after surgery as these may promote bleeding. Twenty-four hours after your extraction, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day (1 tsp salt in 1 cup gently warm water). Try to avoid sucking motions (no straws) as this can pull out the blood clot. Start by eating soft foods and gradually add solid foods, chewing on the side without the extraction site at first. Wait a few hours after surgery before cleaning your teeth again, but don’t neglect brushing! At first you can brush and floss as usual but avoid the extraction site; as healing progresses, carefully clean the teeth on either side as well, being careful not to disturb any blood clots. Your dentist will give you details on appropriate aftercare for your particular situation, as you may need to take special steps.