Important Information About Tooth Extractions
Our main goal is to help you achieve the ultimate in dental health, and while that usually means that we try everything we can to save your teeth, there are times when it is just not possible. A tooth extraction could be needed for a number of reasons such as extreme dental decay, severe injury to the tooth, advanced periodontal disease, illness, or effects from medication. Children frequently need to have teeth extracted to make room for adult teeth to grow or before starting orthodontic treatment. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth, including the root, is removed from the mouth.
Care Following a Tooth Extraction
After a tooth extraction, it is very important to follow the directions given by our office to help regain the function and health of your mouth as soon as possible. It is important to be mindful of your actions following the extraction, as you don’t want to cause any unnecessary complications. Here is a review of some important tips to help in your healing process:
- Rest and limit movement and exercise for 24 hours
- Use an ice pack or bag of peas to help with swelling
- Drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods
- Avoid any sucking motion through a straw or smoking
- Continue brushing and cleaning teeth as safely as possible
What Comes Next?
You might be wondering what happens after your tooth extraction. In most cases, we have already discussed tooth replacement options with you. If we have not, that would be the next step in the process. We offer a number of tooth replacement options such as dental implants, dentures, and bridges. Your decision will be based on a number of circumstances, including your overall oral health, lifestyle, and budget. We will discuss each option, and we can help you choose the one that will be the best fit for you.
To avoid tooth extractions, it is important to remain diligent with your dental hygiene visits. If you have not recently been to see us for a hygiene visit and dental exam, please contact our office located in Kewaskum, WI to schedule your next appointment. If you have had an extraction and have any concerns or need to discuss tooth replacement options, please call our office as soon as possible. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you with anything you need!