When it comes to achieving a healthy smile, extractions can sometimes be the best course of action. The decision to extract a tooth is based on two main factors: the condition of the tooth and its impact on your overall oral health. Here are some common reasons that may necessitate extraction:
- Tooth Decay – When decay has weakened the root, or the infection has reached the inner pulp and the tooth cannot be saved by root canal therapy, extraction is necessary.
- Impacted Tooth – A tooth that is stuck in the gums for one reason or another will be removed to stop the pain and potential alignment problems.
- Crowded Teeth – When using orthodontics to correct misalignment, a tooth may need to be extracted to allow the remaining teeth to settle properly.
- Wisdom Teeth – Many people do not have room for the third molars (wisdom teeth) and will need to have them extracted to avoid crowding.
- Fractured/Broken Teeth – A tooth that is too damaged to preserve is extracted for pain relief and your health and safety.
- Dentures/Dental Implants – Teeth may be extracted to make room for conventional or implant-supported dentures.
At 81st Street Dental, we carefully assess your individual situation and provide personalized recommendations regarding extractions when necessary. Our priority is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, confident smile while considering the most appropriate treatment options for your specific needs.
At 81st Street Dental, we prioritize the well-being of our patients, and that includes providing comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process. Following these guidelines is crucial to prevent swelling, injury, or infection. Here are some important steps to take:
Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is vital for your body’s healing process. Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to stay hydrated and promote optimal recovery.
Apply Ice Packs and Gauze: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Additionally, using gauze as directed by Dr. Beller can help control bleeding and facilitate the healing process.
Avoid Tobacco Products: Tobacco use can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications. It is important to refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products during the recovery period.
Limit Food and Drink Consumption: Following oral surgery, it is advisable to stick to soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that may irritate the surgical site. It is also important to avoid using a straw, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot and impede healing.
Follow Medication and Oral Care Instructions: If prescribed any medications, take them as directed by Dr. Beller. Additionally, follow the recommended oral care routine provided by her to maintain oral hygiene and promote healing.