Extract a tooth is usually recommended only after every possibility of saving the tooth has been exhausted. In many instances, pulling a tooth is needed to protect the health of your remaining teeth.
If you need a tooth extraction, you can turn with confidence to Dr. Yuchen Sheng. Dr. Sheng’s gentle touch is calming to even the most anxious dental patient. The techniques and instruments she uses mean that our patients go through minimal trauma during the procedure.
She also takes care to preserve the socket area, especially when a dental implant will be used to replace the missing tooth. This is crucial to dental implant success and promotes healthy healing.
When You Might Need a Tooth Extraction
One of the most common types of extraction is third molars (often known as wisdom teeth), which grow in when people are in their late teens to early twenties. In centuries past, these teeth served a purpose by assisting us with chewing a highly fibrous diet, but with today’s modern, softer diet, they often just get in the way.
Other times an extraction might be needed is when a tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that it simply cannot be repaired. Removing the tooth can help preserve the healthy teeth around it. Tooth replacement is available in the form of dental implants or a dental bridge.
Taking Care of Yourself after Extraction
To promote proper healing after you undergo extraction, it is crucial that you follow Dr. Sheng’s instructions. These will include:
- Do not drink through a straw in the days following the procedure. The sucking motion you make when drinking through a straw can dislodge the clot that forms on the site soon after the extraction. If the clot is dislodged, this results in a painful condition known as “dry socket.”
- For the same reason, do not smoke cigarettes after the extraction.
- If Dr. Sheng has prescribed any pain medications, be sure to take these. For most people, however, an over-the-counter pain reliever is adequate.
- Avoid chewing on the site for several days, sticking to soft foods in the days right after the procedure. Foods such as yogurt, applesauce, boiled or scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes will be the most comfortable foods to eat that can also provide you with some nourishment. Gradually introduce other foods into your diet as the site heals.
If you run into problems or you are experiencing pain, be sure to give our office a call!
Call Us for More Information on Extractions
Although always a last resort, there may come a time when an extraction is necessary. Call Radiant Smiles Family Dental to find out if extraction is your best option for a problematic tooth. Patients tend to be relaxed and comfortable under Dr. Sheng’s practiced, gentle touch.