Tooth Extractions are Quick and Easy At Rodeo!
While permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes your dentist may need to remove one or more teeth to resolve a dental issue. If you’re feeling nervous about getting a tooth pulled, don’t be! Tooth extractions are simple and easy at Rodeo Dental.
Why Are Teeth Pulled?
The most common reason a tooth is pulled is because of extensive tooth decay – where the tooth has become too badly damaged to be repaired by your dentist. Pulling the tooth helps relieve pain and also prevents long-term damage to tissue and bones.
Other reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Tooth crowding – one or more teeth may be removed to help alleviate crowding in the mouth. This is often done as part of orthodontics treatment.
- Serious infection – sometimes tooth decay causes a serious infection in the mouth. If a root canal and antibiotics do not resolve the problem, the tooth will be removed to prevent the spread of infection.
- Trauma – a very serious injury can result in a tooth that cannot be repaired by the dentist. In these cases, the tooth will need to be pulled to prevent pain and oral health problems.
- Periodontal (gum) disease – sometimes gum disease progresses to the point where one or more teeth become loose. Removal of these teeth is often necessary.
- Lingering baby teeth – one or more baby teeth are sometimes pulled when they do not fall out properly on their own. Indications for this type of extraction include baby teeth that linger into adolescence, permanent teeth growing in behind baby teeth, or baby teeth that are blocking the entrance of permanent molars.
Before the tooth extraction procedure, make sure your dentist knows all of the medications you take and any health conditions you have. He or she may need to prescribe antibiotics both before and after the procedure to help prevent infection.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction
When you get a tooth pulled, the dentist first numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic so that the experience is completely pain-free. Then he or she uses a tool called a forceps to grasp the tooth and gently pull it out. And that’s it in most cases, except for some types of wisdom teeth or severely broken down teeth!!
Once your tooth is out, you will bite down on some gauze to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few dissolving stitches to close the gums.
How Long Is the Recovery After Having a Tooth Pulled?
Recovery is short – typically a few days. To help you feel more comfortable and to decrease the risk of infection, you should:
- Leave the gauze in place for three to four hours, biting down to encourage blot clotting.
- Limit activity for a day or two.
- Use ice for 10 minutes at a time to reduce pain and swelling.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed.
- Eat soft foods for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid drinking from a straw or swishing forcefully for the first 24 hours.
- Prop up your head with pillows when lying down.
You may have some mild swelling, pain and bleeding for the first 24 hours. If at any time the pain or bleeding becomes severe, or if you experience signs of infection, be sure to give us a call.