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Tooth Extractions – Kaufman, TX

Protecting Your Oral Health via Safe Extractions

There are many reasons why someone may need to recommend tooth extractions in Kaufman. The tooth might be decayed beyond repair; severe gum disease might have severed the tooth from the gum completely; the tooth may be growing through in a place where is no room for it; some people even need a tooth extracted so that they can have orthodontic treatment on the rest of their teeth. However, an extraction isn’t as simple as just taking out the tooth. The loss of a single tooth can have a big impact on how you eat, which can have a knock-on effect on your jaw joint. Furthermore, an extracted tooth can cause those around it to shift, which has a big impact on your overall dental health. For this reason, your dentist will only extract a tooth if there is no other option- they will talk you through the other options first. If you do need a tooth extracted, then our dentist will look to arrange some form of replacement for the extracted tooth, which may take the form of a denture or dental implant. 

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The Extraction Process

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Before the extraction, the dentist will inject your mouth with a local anesthetic. It’s normal to feel quite a lot of pressure during the extraction- this is because the tooth needs to be firmly rocked back and forth so that the socket becomes wide enough for it to be extracted. However, there is no pain involved, since the anesthetic numbs the nerves which transmit pain. If you experience any pain during the extraction, then let your dentist know- additional pain relief may be available to you.

Sectioning a tooth

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In some cases, a tooth needs to be extracted using a process called sectioning. If the tooth is very firmly fixed into its socket, or if the root is curved so that it cannot come out easily, then the dentist will cut the tooth into sections and then remove them one by one.

After Extraction Home Care

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Like any surgery, it’s important that you get plenty of rest and take all medications as prescribed. The same is true for oral surgery, especially following a tooth extraction. To avoid oral complications and make sure that you make your way to a speedy recovery, take note of the tips below.

Bleeding

Bleeding sometimes occurs after an extraction. This can be controlled by placing a wet piece of gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down on it for around 45 minutes or until the bleeding stops.

You will find that blood clots form in the empty socket- this is a vital part of the healing process, so you should not interfere with the clot.

Swelling

Should your mouth start to swell up, a simple solution is to apply some ice for 10 minutes at a time, then removing it for about 20 minutes. If the swelling persists, then repeat this process as necessary.

For 24 hours after the extraction, you should refrain from rinsing or spitting, as well as smoking, using a straw, or consuming any hot drinks and spicy foods.

Pain and Medications

It’s common to feel some pain after having a tooth extracted. If this is the case for you, then you are free to take any non-prescription pain relief such as paracetamol (Tylenol) or ibuprofen.

Eating

You shouldn’t experience much trouble eating after an extraction- all you’ll need to do is chew on the other side of your mouth. You should avoid hot liquids, spicy foods, and alcohol for 24 hours after the extraction, and in some cases, you may need to observe a liquid diet for this period.

Brushing and Cleaning

After the extraction, you should refrain brushing near the extraction area the following day. After this, you should take extra care when brushing there until it has fully healed. Mouthwashes often cause irritation after an extraction, so these should be avoided. If you wish to still rinse your mouth, then you can use a solution of half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water after meals.

Dry Socket

Sometimes, a blood clot may not form in the socket, or the clot can be dislodged. This is known as dry socket, and it can cause the healing process to be delayed for a long period of time.

So long as you follow the instructions given above for post-extraction mouth care, it is unlikely that dry socket will occur. If it does, though, you will find it takes the form of a dull, throbbing pain a few days after the extraction. This pain can become quite severe, although it is easily treated with over-the-counter pain relief. Dry socket can also cause a bad taste in the mouth, as well as bad breath.

Should you experience dry socket, then make an appointment to see your dentist again. They will be able to apply a medicated dressing which will treat the problem and reduce the pain it causes.

Healing

When a tooth is extracted, it leaves a hole in the jawbone which will eventually heal over. This process can take anything from a few weeks to months. Within a couple of weeks, though, you should find that it no longer presents any problems to your everyday life.

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