Sometimes in life, accidents happen; other times, infections arise. Because of these realities, tooth extraction is a necessary part of good dental care, but not something to be feared. With industry-leading technology, we at The Billings Dentist can provide you with stress-free tooth removal.
Do You Need a Tooth Pulled?
There are many reasons why you may need to have a tooth pulled. While we do not extract wisdom teeth, we do perform extractions for:
Broken or otherwise damaged teeth: Teeth are durable, but they’re not immune to breaks, chips, scratches, stains, or getting knocked out entirely. Luckily, getting a replacement tooth is easier than ever with today’s modern technology.
Periodontal disease and other infections: At the center of your teeth is an area known as the pulp, where blood vessels and soft/nerve tissue can be found. Tooth decay or damage can allow bacteria to infiltrate this soft tissue and cause infections like periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). And while root canal therapy is usually the primary course of action for tooth infections, what can’t be fixed with a root canal, can usually be fixed with tooth removal.
Crowded mouth: More often than you may realize, people are just born with too many teeth. These extra teeth can cause drastic misalignment or remain stuck in the gums with nowhere to go. To prepare your mouth for braces or other orthodontic procedures, it may be necessary to extract those extra teeth altogether so your smile can be its straightest and healthiest.
How to Recover From a Tooth Extraction
Everyone’s recovery process is different. Depending on your needs and overall, we’ll be able to advise you on what to do to expedite your recovery process. Some usual recovery tactics include:
- Refraining from smoking
- Following a diet that is kind to your teeth
- Refraining from excess rinsing of the mouth
- Abstaining from the use of straws for about 24 hours
Things like light bleeding or swelling are normal and can be remedied with light rinsing when necessary and cold compresses. If you experience extreme swelling, give us a call right away. All your other teeth save for the ones adjacent to the extracted tooth can be cleaned as usual.