Your Trusted Local Family Dentist In Amesbury, MA
The expert team at Centerpoint Dental is here to help you or a family member no matter what stage of the dental journey you or they are in. We understand that no one enjoys having there tooth extracted. However, when it is needed the extraction is extremely beneficial in order to maintain your oral health. While this may be an uncomfortable time we ensure you that our team will do everything to make you as comfortable as possible during this process.
Why Would I Need My Tooth Pulled?
While yes, adult permananet teeth are meant to last your entire life, there are a multitide of genuine reasons why one of your adult teeth need to be pulled which include but are not limited to the following:
- The tooth is badly damaged as a result of oral trauma or decay.
- Your mouth is crowded, causing misalignment of your teeth.
- Your experiencing an infection and tooth decay.
- Risk of infection.
- You are experiencing periodontal disease.
If you believe you an encountering any of these issues, please contact our office immediately. We would be happy to safely and comfortably remove the necessary teeth.
What Should I Expect When My Tooth Is Pulled?
Having a tooth or several teeth pulled is a very common and safe procedure than can help your overall oral health when needed. A dentist or oral surgeon will be preforming your extraction and you can expect:
- An injection of a local anesthetic. This will numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
- If your tooth ins impacted the dentist will then cut away gum tissue that is covering the tooth.
- Next, the tooth will be rocked back and forth and then removed. Sometimes, a hard to pull tooth may need to be removed in several pieces.
- Then your dentist will apply a gauze pad to soak up any bleeding.
- Finally the dentist may place a few dissolving stitches and you will be on your way!
How Do I Care For My Mouth After A Tooth Has Been Pulled?
Once your tooth has been removed from your mouth, your dentist or oral surgeon will send you home to recover. You will be in recovery for a few days and we recommend that you do the following to ensure you heal properly and efficiently:
- Take your painkillers as prescribed or recommended to avoid any pain or discomfort.
- Change you gauze pad regularly.
- Apply ice to reduce swelling. Do not keep the ice on for longer than 12 minutes at a time, and cover the ice with a paper towel or towel to reduce discomfort.
- Limit physical activity or any activity that can potentially impact your mouth.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting.
- Do not smoke any products.
- Eat soft foods such as pudding, soup, smoothies, and ice cream.