When we just can’t save the tooth?
Sometimes when a tooth has been broken down, damaged by decay or gum disease, or more commonly cracked from grinding or injury, extraction of the tooth may be the only option left.
Most dental extractions are routine and can be completed in the comfort of the clinic under local anesthetic with minimal swelling and down time for healing. In a small number of cases, the tooth’s position, size, shape and level of degradation may require a more complex surgical extraction. In some cases, they may even require a referral to a specialist.
At Complete Smiles Bella Vista, we pride ourselves on working with only the best specialist’s available, so you can always rest assured you’re in the best hands possible.
What Happens After my Extraction?
Losing a tooth can affect the other teeth in your mouth, allowing them to shift out of place over time. Our highly skilled and friendly team of dentists will discuss this with you and identify methods of tooth replacement prior to removing your tooth. These can include simple and effective cosmetic treatments to much more in depth, cosmetic and aesthetically pleasing options. This way you can have a clear plan in advance of having your tooth removed and know exactly what to expect afterwards. No Shortcuts, no surprises, just quality dental care you can rely on.
The importance of Dental check ups
With regular checkups and maintenance, many extractions can be avoided. It’s always important to talk to our highly skilled and friendly dentists to understand the underlying causes that have resulted in tooth loss, but more importantly how to avoid it happening again in the future. At Complete Smiles Bella Vista, we believe patient education is key and prevention is always the best cure. Your smile and your confidence is important, so why not do all you can to protect your teeth and enjoy a happier, healthier smile.
Frequently asked questions
What should I do after the dental extractions?
We encourage as much rest as possible whilst trying to keep your head upright to avoid any bleeding, it may also be a good idea to sleep with an extra pillow at night, keeping your head raised to minimize any possible bleeding. Avoid rinsing for the first 24 hours to help your mouth start the healing process. After this time, use a salt-water mouthwash for at least a week to help heal the socket.
Keep your mouth and the extraction site as clean as possible, making sure that the socket is kept clear of all food and debris. Some patients also choose to take a Vitamin C supplement to aid healing.
What should I do if my surgery site bleeds?
Some slight bleeding is normal for the first day or so. If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse your mouth. Apply pressure to the socket by biting firmly on a clean piece of folded cotton, such as a handkerchief, for at least 15 minutes. Failing this, biting down on a moist teabag can also induce blood clotting, helping to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding has not stopped after an hour or two, it’s important to contact the friendly and caring staff at Complete Smiles Bella Vista and well get you in as soon as possible.
What else can I do to aid healing?
You should avoid drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours, as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Smoking is also to be avoided as this can dry out the extraction site resulting in dry socket. Eat and drink lukewarm food as normal, and avoid chewing on the affected area of your mouth.
So If you’re suffering from tooth pain, what are you waiting for? Complete Smiles Bella Vista provides several cosmetic, and aesthetically pleasing options to replace that painful, broken down tooth. With cosmetic options ranging from implants and bridges, to more complex treatments for larger gaps, emergency scheduling, affordable treatment planning, and no surprise expenses, Complete Smiles Bella Vista can give you the long-term results that your smile deserves, we can even arrange to see you outside normal business hours. Call our friendly team now