When oral health problems arise, it is always our goal to help you maintain your natural teeth. This is because no matter how real an artificial tooth may look or feel, it will not provide you with the full functionality of a natural tooth. Unfortunately, there are certain instances when a tooth cannot be saved. At Tarpon Shores Dental, Dr. Mesh performs tooth extractions in Englewood, but only if it’s in your best interest. Whether you have a tooth that’s been severely injured or one that is crippled with decay, let us protect your oral health by calling and scheduling an appointment today.
What Are Some Reasons for Tooth Extractions?
Your dentist in Englewood is the only person who can determine whether a tooth should be extracted or not; however, some common reasons include:
- Overcrowding: If your teeth are overcrowded and you’re preparing for braces, we may decide to extract some of your teeth to make sure you have successful alignment treatment. This is also necessary if you have a tooth that needs to break through the gum line but cannot because there is not enough room.
- Infection: Tooth decay or damage that is affecting the center of your tooth can often result in a root canal; however, if the infection is too severe and Dr. Mesh is unable to treat it with antibiotics, it may be necessary to pull the tooth.
- Potential for infection: While this one may be more difficult to understand, a tooth might be pulled if there is an increased risk for infection. For example, if you’re undergoing chemotherapy, your immune system is weaker, which means your chances of developing an infection and being able to fight it off are higher.
- Gum disease: When gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, develops and it is severe, it can cause bone loss and loose teeth. If Dr. Mesh deems is necessary, he will pull the tooth or teeth.
What is the Extraction Process?
When preparing for a tooth extraction, you’ll probably feel a bit anxious. The good news is that Dr. Mesh will make sure you are completely comfortable before starting any part of the procedure. Here is what you can expect:
- 1. You’ll receive local anesthesia to numb the area of the tooth. You will experience no pain throughout the procedure, and if necessary, you might receive a stronger dose that will put you to sleep.
- 2. Depending on the type of problem we’re dealing with, Dr. Mesh may need to cut your gum tissue and use forceps to remove an impacted tooth. It will be gently loosened with a back and forth motion. If he discovers the tooth is too difficult to remove in one piece, he will break it apart to remove it.
- 3. After the tooth is extracted, Dr. Mesh will pack the socket with gauze, and you’ll need to bite down to help stop the bleeding. If necessary, he will place a few stitches to close the area of the gums he originally opened.
It’s important that if you experience a dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot in your socket breaks loose and exposes the bone, he’ll need to provide a sedative dressing to cover the socket and protect it until a new clot begins to form.
What Happens After the Procedure?
After having your tooth pulled, there are a few steps you’ll need to follow to reduce any pain or likeliness of infection. These include:
- Follow the directions provided by Dr. Mesh regarding your pain medication.
- Reduce bleeding by firmly (and gently) biting down on the gauze placed by your dentist. You’ll need to change out the gauze before they are covered in blood.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag or cold compress immediately after the procedure. Do this for 10 minutes at a time.
- Limit your activity in the days immediately following your procedure. You should rest and relax for at least 24 hours.
- Do not rinse or spit forcefully for 24 hours. Once this time frame has expired, rinse your mouth with 8 ounces of warm water and a ½ teaspoon of salt.
- Don’t drink from a straw in the first 24 hours.
- Do not smoke, as it can prevent your body from healing.
- Prop your head up with a pillow when lying down.
- Consume only soft foods the next day. After that, gradually incorporate solid foods.
- Brush and floss your teeth and tongue like normal but avoid the area for which the tooth was pulled.