Dental extractions require a special amount of care in order to manage discomfort, proper healing, and avoiding possible infection. In the beginning, discomfort may be more noticeable but it begins to recede after a few days. Most tooth extraction sites are completely healed within 2 weeks! In order to prevent discomfort and manage any irritation following your procedure, it’s very important for patients to carefully follow their home care instructions that were given to them on the day of their procedure.
Follow proper dosing of pain relief medication that is prescribed by your doctor. Whether it’s an over-the-counter drug or a prescription pain reliever, taking it at the appropriate dosage and on the right time schedule can prevent pain from recurring when it is otherwise avoidable. If the medication irritates your stomach that does not mean you’re allergic to the medicine, it most likely just means you need to have some food in your stomach before you take the medication. Drinking a glass of milk or eating gelatin first can help.
Avoid chewing on hard, solid food until a few days have passed. Select soft foods like mashed potatoes, soup, ice cream or gelatin. That way you won’t irritate the clot developing in your extraction site, or hurt yourself if you accidentally chew near that area.
Alternate a warm and cold compress to the side of your face for the rest of the day following your treatment. This can help prevent inflammation from occurring. Rinsing with warm salt water is also a natural way to prevent inflammation, but be sure to rinse softly so as not to disturb the clot in your extraction site.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many adults that is not the case. Losing teeth as children is as natural as a baby crying, but for adults tooth loss is not a wanted occurrence. There are a number of reasons why dental extractions are necessary. If a tooth extraction is necessary for you, don’t put it off. Your entire health is affected by your dental hygiene.
Many times dentists will extract teeth in order to prepare for orthodontic treatment. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align teeth, which may not be achievable if teeth are too big for your mouth or there is simply not room for all of your teeth to erupt through your gum line.
If your tooth has been damaged and has tooth decay that has reached the center of your tooth, it will typically be extracted. The normal forming bacteria in yoru mouth will bond to decayed tooth enamel and will fester and spread in your mouth. Without extraction, the tooth decay can spread to the surrounding teeth.
Dentists and oral surgeons perform teeth extractions. An injection will be given to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth removed, a stronger anesthetic will be used to prevent pain throughout the extraction process.
Dental extractions in children are typically performed to make way for permanent teeth. In adults there is usually an underlying health concern. Talk with your dentist about what can be done after the extraction to recreate your full smile. Dental extractions may be necessary for you, but do not need to mean that your smile is put into hiding. Trust your dentist to know what is best for you, and talk about your desires for after your extraction.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
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