On the list of things that folks don’t mind doing at the dentist, oral surgery ranks near the very bottom – probably somewhere around paying the bill.
It helps if you have a dentist as skilled as our Dr. Ryan Crain performing your tooth extraction or other oral surgery procedure. He’s earned a fellowship at the Academy of General Dentistry. That means, among other things, he’s completed at least 500 hours of continuing education and passed a comprehensive exam. No one wants their tooth extracted by a rookie!
We also use technology in our Willow Park, TX dentist office that makes surgical procedures quicker and easier. Using 3D imaging, we can see whether a tooth is impacted or if there are any other possible complications. This allows us to better plan your procedure. We use the 3D imaging for other things too, like determining the best location for placing dental implants.
Dr. Crain is also licensed to provide nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) or oral sedation, which can help take a lot of the stress out of extractions and other procedures such as root canals.
No matter how well your dental procedure goes, though, it’s important that you properly care for your mouth after you get home.
We’ve provided some guidance here on how to care for your mouth following a tooth extraction. If you have any questions, the best thing to do is call Texas Grins at [phone].
Why We Extract Teeth
So why will we extract your tooth in the first place? It’s usually because the tooth is too damaged to be fixed with a restoration like a filling or a dental crown. Other reasons include:
Sometimes we need to remove wisdom teeth because they do not come in properly, which can crowd or damage your other teeth.
If you have only a few teeth remaining, you may want to extract them so you can get dentures or another kind of restoration.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
A little bleeding after a tooth extraction is normal. We’ll give you gauze pads, and you’ll want to bite down on them for at least half an hour or so until the bleeding stops. If bleeding persists, you can try applying a moist tea bag. Obviously, you’ll have a bit more bleeding if multiple teeth were extracted.
Try to avoid eating, drinking, or any unnecessary talking for a few hours after the procedure. It’s best to stick with clear liquids and soft foods for the first day. Stay away from spicy foods. Drink plenty of cool water. Avoid hot foods and drinks and carbonated beverages. Don’t use straws. And don’t smoke for at least 48 hours.
If you experience any localized pain or swelling, you can try putting a cold compress on your face for about 20 minutes. You can also take a pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If we’ve prescribed any additional medication for you, use as directed.
Don’t brush your teeth or spit for 12 hours following the extraction. The next day, you can resume normal brushing. But be gentle and avoid the extraction site.
You should also gently rinse your mouth with diluted mouthwash or salt water (about a quarter of a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of water). Rinse with the salt water several times a day, if possible, to facilitate healing.
Tooth Replacement Options
After the extraction site is healed, we can advise you on your tooth replacement options available at our Willow Park, TX dentist office. They include:
Dental bridges. We can replace your tooth with a solid replacement tooth that we anchor into place with two dental crowns placed over your adjacent teeth. The replacement tooth “bridges” the gap.
Dental implants. We embed implants right into your jawbone, where they provide a solid foundation for dental crowns or dentures. Depending on the type of implant and restoration used, you may be able to get your new tooth or teeth in one visit.
Dentures. Full dentures can replace a whole mouthful of missing teeth. We also offer partial dentures to replace just a few teeth. We can attach your dentures to dental implants to guarantee a secure fit with no embarrassing slippage.
To talk to us about tooth extractions or any other dental procedure, call Texas Grins at [phone]. Or you can use our online form.