get out of pain
A patient may need a tooth extraction for a number of reasons. Problematic wisdom teeth (third molars) are the most common reason for a tooth extraction. If your tooth is badly damaged by decay and can’t be saved with root canal therapy, Dr. Dan Hostrander may suggest removing the tooth and replacing it with a restorative prosthetic. If your wisdom teeth are erupting painfully or you suspect you may have a decaying tooth, call us today to see if an extraction is necessary.
remove damage & decay
If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay, Dr. Dan will always try to save it with a filling, a crown or root canal therapy. However, if those options won’t be able to save the structure of your natural tooth, an extraction may be the best option. The treatment is virtually painless with local anesthetic, and after your extraction Dr. Dan will go over restorative options that will replace your tooth and keep your smile strong and healthy.
avoid dental issues
wisdom tooth extractions
When your third molars grow in, this can be painful and disruptive to your existing teeth. Problematic wisdom teeth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift, leading to overcrowding and other dental issues. When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt (typically between the ages of 17-21), it’s important to come in for a consultation to determine whether you will need an extraction. This treatment will relieve pain and keep the rest of your smile strong.
After YOur Extraction
The Recovery Process
The process of recovering after a tooth extraction is typically straightforward. If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s a brief overview of what will happen during the healing process:
Immediately after your procedure, you will likely still be under the effects of numbing and sedation. Your mouth may be bleeding, so it’s usually recommended that you bite down on a gauze pad to help mitigate this. Icing your cheek for 10 minutes at a time can also help with pain and discomfort.
For the first 24 hours after your procedure, your extraction site will likely be sore. You should relax and take things easy, avoiding strenuous activity. After the first 24 hours, bleeding should subside. Avoid using a straw or rinsing your mouth for at least 24 hours, as this can dislodge your blood clot and cause “dry socket.”
For up to 3 days after your procedure, you should eat soft foods and avoid brushing or contacting the extraction site. You should continue eating this diet for up to 7 days after your extraction.
After a period of about a week, your gum tissue should be mostly healed. Your sutures may dissolve, or you may need to have them removed if self-dissolving sutures were not used. New gum tissue will start growing over the extraction site and cover up the socket where your missing tooth used to be. Typically, you’ll be able to go back to your normal diet after about a week, but this may take longer if the extraction site is healing slowly.
After about two weeks, you will have made a complete recovery. The extraction site will be covered with new gum tissue, and new bone will begin forming beneath the site.
Caring For your Mouth
Tips for Recovery
First and foremost, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Dan . Following these instructions is the best way to make sure you make a quick recovery. Take any prescription painkillers as prescribed. Once you have used up your prescription, over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol, Motrin and Advil can help with any discomfort.
In addition, it’s best to avoid heavy physical activity for about 72 hours after your tooth has been extracted. The exertion of physical activity sends more blood through your body, and can cause pain and discomfort in your extraction site.
Elevating your head while sleeping can also help promote healing, and may be more comfortable after your extraction. You should continue brushing and flossing normally, but avoid brushing the extraction site for at least 2 weeks.
Also, pay attention to the extraction site to make sure you notice any potential complications. After 2-3 days post-extraction, you should not be experiencing much bleeding, serious pain, or extreme tenderness. If these symptoms continue to persist, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Dan right away.
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extractions at horizon dental
If your tooth has been severely damaged by decay or broken beyond repair in a dental injury, call us today to get out of pain! Dr. Dan has performed countless extractions and is extremely experienced when it comes to this relatively routine procedure. Give us a call at (980) 999-5007 or stop by our office at 13425 Hoover Creek Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 to discuss your needs.