Greetings Eugene! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Eugene Family Dental. Recently, an older patient came to us with an issue. He needed to have a tooth extracted, but was frightened that it was going to be extremely painful. This is not an uncommon sentiment.
So, today we are going to talk about a topic which frightens many patients: pulling a tooth. Dental extractions are always a last resort, when you have no other options such as a dental filling or dental crown. Dental extractions are a routine oral surgery which can help safeguard the health of your remaining teeth.
In today’s post we’re going to look at three areas relating to dental extractions. We’ll let you know what circumstances require a tooth to removed We’ll also discuss the oral surgery procedure for how a tooth is extracted, and provide an overview of the aftercare required for a dental extraction. Let’s get started!
Do You Need to Have a Dental Extraction?
If tooth is badly decayed, it may need to be extracted. At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, our first resort is to fill a tooth or crown it. But a bad fracture in your tooth, decay below your gumline, or just overall decay can necessitate an extraction.
We may also extract a tooth if it is crowding your other teeth. Crowded teeth can cause issues with your bite, and jaw pain. We may remove a crowded tooth to relieve your discomfort, or to make space for an orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign.
We may also remove a tooth if it is infected, and the infection is spreading to your gums. By extracting the tooth, we can prevent the spread of the infection. This can help your gums heal, and prevent you for losing any additional teeth.
Wisdom teeth are common teeth which need to be extracted. We do not perform this oral surgery at Eugene Family Dental, but we’ll be happy to refer you to an oral surgeon.
How a Tooth is Extracted
Having a dental extraction at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, is a comfortable process. We numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort. We can also provide various comfort amenities and sedation dentistry techniques. Sedation dentistry is a great option if you’re nervous about your dental extraction.
Your tooth is then quickly removed. You won’t feel anything during this oral surgery. After your tooth is extracted, a soft blood clot will form in your tooth socket. This is a normal part of the healing process. At Eugene Family Dental we can also provide dental bridges and dental implants to replace your missing tooth.
What to Do After a Tooth is Extracted
Thomas will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions for your dental extraction. But there’s a few common tips to ensure a smooth and quick healing process. You’ll need to avoid drinking through a straw, or chewing hard foods. Spitting or gargling can also disrupt your healing process. If there’s any gauze on your tooth socket, leave it in place for at least three hours. Be careful when you’re brushing your teeth, and avoid the tooth socket.
Make An Appointment
Do you have a tooth that you think may need to be removed? Don’t let a potential infection jeopardize the health of your gums and other teeth! Schedule an appointment at the office of Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR. You can each our office at 458-205-5189.
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