Extractions are one of the most invasive dental procedure you can have. Extracting a tooth is generally not the ideal option for patients but sometimes extracting a tooth is the best option. Many things can lead to the need for extractions the most common are severe tooth decay and wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Since there is not always enough room in the mouth to hold the wisdom teeth, extraction is the best method. Wisdom teeth can grow in sideways or part way, which can lead to painful infections. Wisdom teeth tend to come in at random angles, which leads to the tooth becoming impacted. When a tooth is impacted, it needs to be removed before it leads to infection and pain.
When Should I Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?
All Smiles Dental in Kaysvlle will take x-rays of the teeth to determine when the teeth need to be removed. Typically wisdom teeth will erupt in the mouth between the ages of 18-21. If you are experiencing jaw pain or crowding, you need to have the wisdom teeth removed.
Caring for Tooth Extractions
It is important to properly care for the extraction site to prevent pain and infection. The blood clot needs to form to stop the bleeding and start healing correctly. Patients need to rest for several days after the extraction to prevent pain and infection.
Do not rinse vigorously, suck on candy, drink through straws, and eat hard foods. For the first day, the best option is to have soft foods and do gentle rinsing with warm salt water to help aid the healing process.
Some patients will experience swelling for 72 hours following the procedure. Ice the outside of the face to help the swelling subside. We will provide medication to assist with pain relief. However, the best way to help the area heal is to rest and avoid allowing foods to get into the socket. After a few days, you will be able to resume normal activities. Call All Smiles Dental today to schedule a tooth extraction 801-546-2636!