Tooth Extraction in Springfield, MO
Tooth extractions are done for a number of reasons. Most commonly a tooth is extracted either due to heavy amounts of decay or extreme gum disease surrounding the tooth (periodontitis). Teeth can also be removed to create more space in the mouth, as is the case with most wisdom teeth and removal of non-wisdom teeth for orthodontic reasons.
After removal of a tooth, gauze is placed over the tooth extraction site. It is important to limit diet to soft foods only; warm salt water rinses can help keep the site clean and clear of debris. Smoking should be avoided as it hinders the healing process as does sucking through a straw. This creates negative pressure inside the mouth and can dislodge the clot. If the clot is dislodged where the tooth was extracted, drysocket can result. We will make sure to keep your pain at a minimum during and after tooth extraction.
This is a last ditch procedure for teeth that are so far deteriorated there is nothing left to restore. It is also an acceptable alternative for teeth causing pain but no budget for treatment required to save the problem tooth.
Why Does A Tooth Need To Be Pulled?
When a tooth sustains significant damage, it may need to be removed to prevent further oral issues such as infection. Here are some other reasons for this surgery:
- Some people have extra teeth that affect the structure of the mouth or impact the health of other teeth
- The baby teeth may not fall out in time to accommodate the permanent teeth to erupt
- Orthodontic work may require the removal of teeth to create space for realignment
- Wisdom teeth usually present themselves when a patient is in their late teens or early twenties. Often they become impacted in the jaw rather than erupt and need to be removed so they are not a source of infection or disrupt the alignment of the teeth
Prior to the tooth extraction, a patient is sedated. The tooth is taken out and in some cases, stitches are inserted. When the area heals, it can be repaired by an implant, denture or bridge, depending on the circumstances. Otherwise, the adjacent teeth will migrate towards the gap to close it.
What To Do After The Surgery
The time to recover from an extraction is usually only several days. Here are some tips to heal properly:
- Take the medication prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon
- After the first day gently rinse with a warm salt water several times a day to restrict swelling and minimize any pain
- Keep the wound clean
- Refrain from strenuous physical activity
- Do not smoke
- Be careful when engaging in your normal hygiene routine
- Avoid solid foods
When Should A Tooth Be Extracted And Why?
As soon as patient begins to experience pain that is abnormal or notices signs of infection. The tooth must be removed to prevent the spread of the infection when a root canal is not an option. The infection can spread through the body and be a catalyst for other health concerns.
Contact Dr. Matt Stunkel today at 417-720-4075 to schedule an appointment and see if an extraction is the best option for you!